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- Mineralogy and geology*
- Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
- Common Associations
Mineralogy* and Geology of Azurite
Mineral formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Grouping: a carbonate mineral
Crystal system: monoclinic
Crystal habit: Usually tabular or prismatic; sometimes equant or even rhombohedral. May also be massive, stalactic, or botryoidal.
Color: Azure blue, blue, light blue, or dark blue
Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent
Moh’s scale hardness: 3.5 - 4
Streak: light blue
Specific gravity: 3.77
Named after: the word "blue," originally from the ancient Persian lazhwar, then changed to azurite in 1824 by Francois Sulpice Beudant.
Geological occurrence: Found largely in the oxidized portions of copper deposits, it is a secondary mineral formed by the action of carbonated water acting on copper-containing minerals, or from Cu-containing solutions reacting with limestones. It often occurs with malachite.
Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing** Properties***
The color of azurite associated it with the third eye chakra, hence azurite is known as a "stone of heaven." It facilitates all third-eye related activities, such as meditation, astral traveling, channeling, etc. It also works well with the sacral and heart chakras to recognize the source of goodness in our lives.
Azurite helps to release grief, sadness, fears and troubling thoughts; simply hold the azurite and ask for help with these issues. It assists with clarity in mental and creative endeavors.
- Chakra – third eye, sacral and heart
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 1
- Zodiac – Sagittarius
- Birthstone – no traditional
- Wedding Anniversary – no traditional
* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org
** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.
*** Metaphysical properties come from:
Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.
The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.
Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.
Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.