The intensely darker blue Azurite is often found with its cousin, rich green Malachite. They are both hydrous copper carbonates and they blend together in a striking contrast. The are found upper oxide oxide zones of major copper desposits. The difference between the two is Malachite has a higher water content and Azurite will often change to Malachite when more water is present. This is called a psuedomorph or secondary mineral.
Azurite does sometimes come in beautiful deep blue crystals, but it is also often found in stalactitic, nodules, massive or botryoidal formation. In fact there are over 45 well-known froms, and more than 100 have been described.
The name Azurite is derived from the Arabic word for blue -azure. It can range in color from a medium royal blue to almost black (inky blue). Azurite is found in both opque and translucent. Azurite has been used as a dye for paints and fabrics for eons. It is a softer mineral, with a hardness of about 4. Azurite is collected as a natural mineral and massive rough can be cut into cabochons for jewelry.
Some beautiful specimens have come from Bisbee and Morenci, Arizona. In is currently coming out of China and Morocco. World class specimens have come from Tsumeb in Southwest Africa. Some very high quality pieces are currently being found at the Milipillas Mine in Mexico.
The belief in the magical properties of the rocks and minerals is not new. Belief in the supernatural properties of rocks and minerals bringing peace, wellness and protection goes back beyond recorded history. There are ancient legends that trace rocks, minerals and crystals back to the creation of the Earth and the Universe. Most of my metaphysical information is taken from The Book of Stones-Who They Are and What They Teach, with permission from its co-author, Mr. Robert Simmons. Metaphysically Azurite is believed to stimulate intellect as well as intuition, and is great for those studying new or challenging subjects. It blends well with Malachite or other copper ores.
OakRocks has been in the rock and mineral business for 30 years. We are a great source for Azurite and Azurite Malachite and carry a large selection Azurite Nodules, Azurite Malachite cabochons and polished pieces.