Azurite is an intense deep blue copper mineral (also known as Chessylite). It is generally opaque but can be translucent in thin splinters. Azurite often occurs with Malachite, Chrysocolla and Turquoise in areas with copper ore deposits. In some locations it undergoes chemical changes which turn it into Malachite.
Azurite can be found in Australia, Chile, Congo, Mexico, Morocco, Nambia, USA, Zaire and also in many parts of Europe.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Azurite:
It is believed that its name is derived from the Persian word “lazhward” meaning blue, and for thousands of years Azurite has been used in jewellery and ornamentation. Throughout history there are references to it being ground and used as a dye for paints, fabrics, and as eye make-up. It can be found in wall paintings in Central China from the Ming and Sung Dynasties, and in cave paintings in the West of China. The Japanese and Ancient Egyptians also used it, and during the Renaissance it was one of the most important pigments in European painting, but was eventually abandoned as certain environments could turn it into Malachite and the blue skies and seas turned green.
Native Americans considered it a sacred aid to journeys with their spirit guides, and in many ancient cultures it was known as a “stone of heaven” and was used to help contact divine consciousness.
Azurite has a reputation for helping to heighten one’s insight and wisdom and is linked to giving self transformation and intuitive energy. It is said to improve and control energy flow, help boost memory and concentration, and is also believed to have healing properties which help with arthritis and joint pain, liver, sinuses, skin, throat, spleen and spine problems.
Azurite is not a traditional birthstone but is said to be a good gemstone for those born under the zodiac signs of Capricorn, Sagittarius and Taurus.