Friday, December 16, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Azurite

Azurite is a gorgeaous deep blue to violet gemstone.   Often times, it will also form with Malachite to create a stone known as Azure-malachite, and can also be found with Chrysocolla or Apatite.  Azurite is a relatively soft (hardness 3.5-4) stone and so needs to be cared for carefully  There is another rare from of Azurite where it is mixed with Cuprite (a dark red stone.  This variety is known as "Bluebird." Azurite can be found in many locations world-wide.

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