Azurite On Malachite

Azurite on Malachite


Azurite usually occurs with green Malachite, which may form green stains or specks on Azurite crystals or aggregates. The two minerals sometimes occur ad-mixed or banded together, forming what is called ‘Azure-malachite’ in the gem and mineral trades. A rarer Azurite mixture, known as ‘Bluebird’, is Azurite mixed with dark red Cuprite. Azurite, ‘Azuremalachite’, and ‘Bluebird’ all have gem uses.
In some localities, the Azurite undergoes a chemical change and loses some hydroxyl, altering the Azurite to Malachite, but retaining the crystal shape of the original Azurite. Sometimes, only part of the Azurite is altered to Malachite, while the other part remains as Azurite. Such specimens are green on one end and blue on the other.
Azurite is a very popular mineral because of its unparalleled colour, a deep blue called ‘azure’, hence its name. Azure is derived from the Arabic / Persian *lazhward* – word for blue. The colour is due to the presence of copper (a strong coloring agent), and the way the copper chemically combines with the carbonate groups (CO3) and hydroxyls (OH). Azurite has been used as a dye for paints and fabrics for aeons. Unfortunately, at times its colour is too deep and larger crystals can appear black. Small crystals and crusts show the lighter azure colour well. Azurite is often associated with its colorful close cousin, malachite.
Azurite is used in jewellery and for dyes. It is also an unimportant ore of copper, although its significance has been more impressive in the past. It is still considered a minor ore of copper; mostly because it is found associated with other more valuable copper ores. Fine crystal clusters, nodular specimens, and interesting and beautiful combinations with malachite are important pieces in anyone’s mineral collection. The magnificent colour of azurite is worth mentioning again as it truly is a one-of-a-kind in the mineral world. Azurite is one of those classic minerals.

Metaphysical Properties:

Azurite is known as a *Stone of Heaven*. It stimulates the pursuit of the heavenly self, providing for guidance via the third-eye and allowing for precise verbalization of psychic experiences. It provides for insight into all areas of one’s life. It enhances creative ability and helps to eliminate indecision and worries.
The form of the Azurite Nodule is excellent for stimulation of the third-eye and the intuitive and psychic selves. It can also be used to enable the focusing of the intuitive self, via the thirdeye, at the etheric level, to induce to memory the portions of one’s life or character which require attention.
In the Native American Indian history, Azurite has been used as a sacred stone. The Nodule and Crystal forms have been used to facilitate contact with one’s spiritual Indian Guide to allow one to both feel the presence and to understand the message.
The Mayans used the stone to stimulate and inspire the actualization of the psychic and mystic self and to facilitate the transfer of information, knowledge and wisdom, via thought.
During radionic analysis {where one holds a sample specimen and places a sample on the witness}, or when used as a pendulum, the energy of the tone permeates the energy of the user and points to the problem(s) involved and/or to the answers required.
In meditation, it provides for relaxation and for the easy entry to the void of the state of *nomind*.
It allows one to travel deep within the inner being and to maintain the depth, while integrating the myriad of visual images which are made available.
While in the non-meditative state, it further combines the abilities of relaxation with the stimulus toward awareness, precision and global thought.
Corresponding Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Vibrates to the number 1

Colour is azure, deep blue or pale blue if found in small crystals or crusts.
Lustre is vitreous to dull depending on habit.
Transparency: Transparent if in thin crystals, otherwise translucent to opaque.
Crystal System is monoclinic; 2/m.
Crystal Habits crystals are irregular blades with wedge shaped terminations. Also, aggregate crusts and radiating, botryoidal, nodular and earthy masses.
Cleavage is good in one direction and fair in another.
Fracture is conchoidal and brittle.
Hardness is 3.5-4.
Specific Gravity is 3.7+ (heavier than average).
Streak is blue.
Associated Minerals are numerous and include malachite limonite, calcite, cerussite, quartz, chalcopyrite ………. and many more!
Notable Occurrences include numerous localities worldwide, but special localities produce some outstanding specimens especially from Lasal, Utah; Bisbee, Arizona and New Mexico, USA; Mexico; Tsumeb, Namibia; Shaba, Congo; Toussit, Morocco; Australia and in many locations in Europe.
Best Field Indicators are colour, softness, crystal habits and associations.
Two prominent locations are:
– Red Dome Gold Mine, Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia. Red Dome Mine produced a sporadic burst of Azurite and other carbonates during 1995-6. The mine is now closed and no more specimens will ever be collected.
– Locality: Tsumeb District, Namibia

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