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Azurite

 

 

Consumer Information
 
What color is it?: Blue.
 
What is the story behind this gemstone?: A sister stone to malachite this beautiful blue gemstone is a form of oxidized copper. It rarely forms in transparent crystals as shown at top.
 
Can I wear it everyday?: Yes. Azurite is a long wearing stone in carved pieces and beads.
 
Is it expensive?:No. It is priced at about the same price level as malachite.
 
Is it a birthstone?: No.
 
What do I need to know before going shopping?: Not much. Azurite will give you a beautiful blue look at a much lower price than natural lapis lazuli. Of course, if you are shopping for lapis lazuli make sure you are not being sold azurite. Beyond that there is not much to worry about.


General Information

Beads of combination malachite and azurite strung with malachite and lapis lazuli beads

Source: Found in copper mines world wide
 
Chemical: Cu2(CO)3 OH2
 
Formation: Azurite forms from oxidation of copper ore deposits
 
Crystal System: Monoclinic
 
Unusual Properties: None


Gemological Information
 
RI: 1.720 - 1.838
 
Birefringence: .108
 
Optic Character: B+
 
Specific Gravity: 3.8 + -
 
Hardness: 4
 
Transparency: TP-Opaque
 
Special Identifying Properties and Tests: As shown in the photo above sometimes azurite and malachite grow together. This is
the only mineral that will form with this color combination
 
Synthetics: None
 
Imitations: Various


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