We take a look into the history of azurite meaning; a gemstone with the most exceptional blue hue. Shop all azurite jewellery.
What is azurite?
Azurite is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by the weathering of copper ore deposits. It has a beautiful deep blue hue that is exceptionally clear, which means the azurite crystal has been long been associated with the evening skies often seen above deserts and winter landscapes. While azurite is not an extremely abundant mineral and is rarely found in large deposits, the incredible azurite blue colour attracts attention which makes it highly covetable when used in jewellery. It has been used throughout history as a pigment, an ornamental stone and a gemstone, and is still used for all of these things today.
With a Mohs hardness of only 3.5 to 4, azurite is relatively soft and has a tendency to lose its deep blue colour as it weathers, which limits its use in jewellery. Due to heat destroying the stone, all mounting of azurite has to be done at room temperature. While it is easy to cut and shape into cabochons and beads, the biggest problem with azurite is its brittle nature and how easily it breaks; this lack of durability can make it easily damaged if used in rings and bracelets particularly. Referred to by many as the ‘stone of heaven’, cultures all over the world have developed various beliefs and views on the azurite meaning; we explore a few of them.
There are a range of myths and opinions regarding what the true azurite meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer.
Known as a powerful gemstone that holds extraordinary healing powers, azurite meaning has long been celebrated for its psychic ability. Many believe it tempers the mind, releases stress and confusion, as well as alleviating worry, indecision, and thoughts that linger in the back of the consciousness. And as most blue crystals do, azurite is believed to enhance one’s intellect and sparks intuition. Deemed a powerful healing stone, azurite has a rich tradition of being used in crystal healing therapies, in addition to being a great calming stone for meditation.
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Azurite jewellery is difficult to clean, so we recommend gently cleaning with a soft damp cloth or with cool soapy water. Abrasive cleaners or excessive cleaning can damage the stone.
Azurite is often found in nature mixed with malachite, another copper carbonate mineral but with a bright green colour. In polished form, together they resemble Mother Earth and carry not only their individual properties, but a powerful blend of healing energies.
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