What is Azurite?
Azurite is a soft, deep-blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It’s primarily found in the United States, Australia, and Namibia. Azurite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its deep blue color and its use in various spiritual practices.
Azurite is a striking gemstone that comes in shades of deep blue. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Carbonate|
|Color||Deep, electric blue to azure blue, often with green malachite inclusions.|
|Luster||Vitreous to dull.|
|Occurrence||Morocco, Arizona (USA), and Namibia.|
|Formation||Typically found in the oxidized portions of copper ore deposits.|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Mohs Hardness||3.5 to 4|
|Specific Gravity||3.77 - 3.89|
|Diagnostic Properties||Intense blue color.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in azurite.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.730 - 1.838|
|2V angle||Measured: 58°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|