Healing Properties of Azurite
Azurite stimulates the third-eye chakra, enhancing inner vision, dreams, and psychic powers.
Carrying or wearing azurite can help with learning concepts, and ideas–anything related to insight, the mind, understanding, making connections, and seeing possibilities. It is great for students–wear it when you study and when you take the test to help focus and retain what you learn and be able to bring it mind later.
Azurite is a good stone for people whose work relies on intuitive leaps and conceptual exploration. It helps with seeing possibilities and making connections between things in new ways.
It can also help you turn that vision inward, and see the path of your life and how everything is connected. It helps get past the stories we tell ourselves and see the truth of who we are, including what we need to change to move forward. It is a valuable stone for spiritual seekers and those looking to get beyond their ego and know where best to focus their efforts for self-development and healing.
Azurite is a good crystal for discernment–seeing people for who they are and the situation for what it is. It supports a clear-headed assessment of people and their motivations (including your own!), so you can make better choices. Pick up this crystal when you need to shine the light of truth on something in your life.
Combined with Other Stones You will find a lot of jewelry and beads that are a blend of azurite with malachite or chrysocolla or all three, as they are commonly found together. In this case, the properties will be a combination of the various gemstones. Malachite is green and chrysocolla is blue-green so they make a lovely combination!
Azurite as a Gemstone
Azurite is a deep dark blue colored mineral found all over the world. Azurite has been used in jewelry and other adornments since ancient times, and in modern times has been used for centuries as a pigment or dye as well as in jewelry.
Azurite is a fairly soft mineral, only a 3.5-4 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Azurite is often found growing alongside malachite, sometimes even growing together in one stone. Geologists and mineralogists use azurite to approximate the location of copper deposits as azurite (as well as malachite) are byproducts of copper, forming as the deposit weathers.
Azurite is found in many parts of the world including the United States, Australia, Chile, Peru, France, Namibia, Russia, and Egypt.
Azurite is a similar blue color to lapis lazuli, although the latter has glittery inclusions that are not present in azurite.
Azurite in Jewelry
Azurite loses the intensity of its color over time if exposed to light, heat, and open air. Its softness means it will not hold up in all settings and because heating destroys azurite, only cold settings can be used. When wearing azurite, be careful to not wear it for long periods of time outside, and store it in a sealed container if possible away from harder stones that could scratch it. This will help maintain the brilliant color.