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What is Azurite? - Description, Properties, and Uses

Updated on February 11, 2017
Azurite from China
Azurite from China | Source

Azurite is a copper mineral that has a deep blue color called “Azure.” Azurite is derived from the Arabic word for blue. It is produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It is also referred to as the "Stone of Heaven".

Azurite has been used for thousands of years as a decorative stone for jewelry and ornamental objects. Early Egyptians thought that Azurite had the power to communicate with spirits.

Azurite has been used for many centuries as a pigment to give the unique blue color. It was used extensively in the paintings through the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe.

Native Americans used Azurite as a scared stone for communication with the Indian Spirit guides. Mayans have used Azurite for sacred communications.

Azurite is found in Australia, Chile, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the South Western USA and Zaire. Samples of Azurite can be found displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Description and Properties of Azurite

Azurite is soft and deep blue color that is unique only to this mineral stone. Azurite is found in groups of crystals in the natural form.

The crystals of Azurite are monoclinic and can be found as radiating, botryoidal or incrusting crystals (system of crystallization).

Azurite forms in nature when copper ores oxidize. Azurite changes into the mineral Malachite that is green as it absorbs water from the surrounding atmosphere over a period. Due to this. Azurite and Malachite are found existing next to each other. Azurite is also found with minerals such as limonite and chalcopyrite.

Azurite is highly unstable. When exposed to air it turns into green Malachite. In Astrology Azurite is associated with Zodiac, the sun sign of Sagittarius.

This image shows two parts of a section of a wall of a cave near Brisbee, Arizona. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
This image shows two parts of a section of a wall of a cave near Brisbee, Arizona. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. | Source

Healing Properties of Azurite

It is believed that the inherent properties of Azurite are supposed to act as

  • liver stimulant
  • help in detoxification of the body
  • stimulates the production of thyroid hormones
  • encourages growth
  • stimulates brain and nerve activity
  • help to relieve mental stress
  • alleviates bone and joint problems
  • eases kidney, gall bladder and thyroid problems

Uses of Azurite

Azurite for healing

Azurite is supposed to have an inherent healing energy and helps to enhance health and well-being. It is supposed to help in communication with higher spirits and also helps to enhance psychic awareness, psychic skills, and psychic abilities.

Azurite for meditation

Azurite is used for meditation to increase concentration and the positive flow of energy. It is supposed to help enter the state of meditation easily. It is believed that the presence of copper in Azurite helps to increase the flow of energy within the body.

Azurite used for jewelry

Azurite is used to make beads and ornamental stones. Azurite stones are fixed on rings and pendants for attaining benefits of Azurite.

Earrings made with Azurite
Earrings made with Azurite | Source

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting information. This is one of the reasons I love HP...the fascinating facts I learn. Thank you for this.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Azure is one of the rare colors not found in eyes though I seem to recall that some author made reference to such. That it changes to a green malachite when exposed to air, must complicate its use in jewelry. Interesting Hub, thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing the interesting information about a beautiful mineral, Vellur.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc thank you for your constant support, much appreciated.

      Perspycacious thank you for reading and yes azure is a rare beautiful color.

      AliciaC thank you for reading and leaving a comment, much appreciated.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Very informative hub. I had no idea Azurite had anything to do with copper.

      Love the color Azure.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      tirelesstraveler thank you for your visit. Azure is my favorite color too.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is gorgeous . I did not know of its possible medicinal properties...will indeed need to explore.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful and informative article. I've discovered two lovely crystals this Christmas. I received a beautiful pair of Citrine earrings as a Christmas gift and learned about the stones of heaven, what more can a girl wish for.:) A great share. Best wishes for 2015.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      pstraubie48 thank you!

      tobusiness thank you Citrine earrings are great! Wishing you all the best for a bright and prosperous new year.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Interesting stone, interesting colour and its been around for a while, you say? Never heard of it. But then I never heard of Tanzanite until I went to Tanzania. Wonderful article. Happy New Year!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A very interesting hub. Years ago when our children were small we were members of a rockhound club. Our children each had their own small tools and a little bag to hold their find. Although we live in Australia where azurite is found, I don't recall finding any, but we certainly found lots of other semiprecious stones. I only ever learned to make cabs, but my husband was great at faceting, and I made the settings, usually in sterling silver. Happy times.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      manatita44 thank you and wishing you a Happy New Year.

      BlossomSB yes happy times, Australia is a lovely place filled with nature's beauty.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This is amazing! So beautiful and now i know so much more about the facts of Azurite. Voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you for your visit and vote up. Azurite is amazing.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      The color is brilliant, and I sure didn't know about the color changing to green/Malachite. Great hub here!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      FlourishAnyway thank you and yes the color is brilliant!

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      Tristan Dixon 4 months ago

      I learned so much from this

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      Nithya Venkat 4 months ago from Dubai

      Tristan Dixon I am happy this article helped you to know more about Azurite.

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