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Azurite is a another copper mineral I've been working with lately.
The crystals of azurite are a rectangular prism with a parallelogram
as its base, but I've only seen these in a museum. It's an intense dark azure blue and frequently it occurs with malachite. Over time, if azurite material absorbs water, it becomes malachite. On it's own, azurite is another soft mineral, it's easily damaged by heat and water. In jewelry it's usually set deep or protected by a cage of metal. I'd recommend a little bit of care in wearing it- don't wear your azurite in the shower! Examples of the stone, like this one, with both azurite and malachite look, like photos of the earth from space.
Azurite has been quite useful through the ages. It's been used as a pigment in paints, and you can tell you're looking at an azurite paint by it's fading to green. It's an indicator of the existence of copper deposits when found on the surface of the ground.
It's a stone of vision and intellect, with a color that resonates with the third eye and crown chakras. As Chrysocolla was recommended for the teacher, Azurite is recommended for the student. It helps with processing and retention of new information and skills. It helps us reach the insights that make the difficulties of the learning process all worth while.
Azurite helps us be secure in our own self conception, preparing us to defend our own sense of self from any negativity that might destroy confidence. It's easier to see non-judgementally when we understand the relationships in any situation. Perhaps it helps us learn the strength of wisdom we didn't know we had.
Links for more information:
Azurite on Wikipedia.
And, as always, this entry is linked to our page on The Language of Gemstones and Metals