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Azurite is a bright, vibrant blue copper mineral that gets its name from its azure blue colour. Itâ€™s mostly used for ornamental pieces and rarely in jewelry. In the past, it was even used as a dye because of itâ€™s highly pigmented colour. Itâ€™s also known as the Stone of Heaven.
Physical Energy Properties: Can be useful in strengthening the body and keeping it strong. Itâ€™s also said to be helpful in repairing the lungs and the respiratory system. Also beneficial for the blood and the circulatory system as well as calming the nervous system. Helps with throat infections, thyroid issues and vocal problems. Good for those with arthritis or any other joint issues. Helps the kidneys, liver, gallbladder and spleen. Also beneficial for the bones, teeth, skin, hair and nails.
Emotional Energy Properties: Beneficial for the brain and the mind in clarifying the confusion. Also good for mental focus and awareness. Clears stress, worry, grief, guilt, shame, and sadness. Brings in compassion and empathy, but also shows those who are sensitive how to set emotional boundaries. Helps with over talking and chattering out of nervousness.
Chakras: Connected with the Throat chakra.
Astrological signs: Related to Sagittarius.
History: Azurite was used in the ancient world and in the middle ages as a pigment or dye because of its beautiful blue hue. In the middle ages, it was very popular with painters, and itâ€™s still used as a base for some paint colours. The only thing is, itâ€™s always oxidizing so the colours may turn green after a while. Ancient Egyptians used azurite to carve ornaments, and it was also believed to be held sacred by the people of Atlantis.
Where it's found: Azurite is found in Chile, China, Peru, the United States, Egypt, Australia, Namibia, France and Russia.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Even though itâ€™s a very attractive stone, Azurite is rarely used in jewelry because it only has a hardness rating of 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale. Any jewelry is usually coated with wax to protect it. Itâ€™s formed by carbon dioxide reacting with minerals that have copper in them, or by cupric salts that have reacted with limestone. Itâ€™s also found growing together with malachite which is a brilliant green colour making for a very vibrant green and blue stone called Azurmalachite.
How to use it: Place on your Third Eye or Throat chakra or hold during meditation. You can also use paint with Azurite in it to create a painting that will be infused with all of this stoneâ€™s balancing benefits.
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