Azurite is a relatively soft and brittle stone at a 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it scratches easily. It is therefore difficult to use in jewelry formation. Heating, acids and ammonia tend to change Azurite’s deep blue colors, so metalsmithing the gemstone into jewelry settings or polishing it on a grinder is not easy.
Azurmalachite is a natural piece of Azurite and Malachite crystal. You will sometimes find Azurite assembled with Malachite in beads to make it sturdier. Malachite is the sturdier of the two crystals.
A newer find in the gem industry is splashes of natural blue Azurite forming on light Granite stones.
Is Azurite Rare or Common?
Along with Malachite, Azurite is one of the two copper carbonate minerals. It is rarer than Malachite though so it is more expensive. You cannot find it easily. It also loses its color intensity in heat, oxygen and direct light. This makes it even harder to find fresh mineral pieces with its full azure luster.
Where is Azurite Found?
Azurite is found all over the world, but the most notable locations include Utah, Arizona and New Mexico here in the United States. It is also found in Morocco, Mexico and Australia, to name a few locations.
Azurite used to be known as Chessylite as well when there was a famous deposit in Chessy, France, but that mine is now exhausted.
Metaphysical Properties of Azurite
Azurite is also known as the Stone of Heaven because it helps you connect to your heavenly self, also known as your Higher Self. Besides these pursuits, Azurite is also associated with the following metaphysical properties:
Meditate with Azurite to stimulate clairvoyance and intuition.
Study with Azurite on your desk to retain the information you are learning.
Use Azurite to get beyond your shallowness and discover the depths of your true self.
What Chakra is Azurite for?
Azurite is used for opening and balancing the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. At the Third Eye Chakra, Azurite activates your sixth sense, your psychic abilities to go beyond your physical senses. At the Crown Chakra, Azurite helps connect you to your Higher Self. This is where all of the answers lie to your life.
Azurite Mineral Facts
Azurite is known for its deep blue, but sometimes the blue is so deep that it can look black.
Surface Color: Blue
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Light Blue
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure.
This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Perfect
Fracture: Conchoidal (concave, like when glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Transparent to Translucent
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Crystal Habit: Massive, Stalactitic, Tabular, Prismatic (two end faces are similar in the shape)
Azurite in Granite
Unearthed from the mountains of Pakistan are Azurite gemstones embedded in Granite. We offer them in polished stones and spheres.