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Malachite and Azurite Mineral Specimen

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This piece has some beautiful azurite crystals on it.  Nice addition to any mineral collection.

The malachite is sprinkled all over this piece.

Cool blue azurite is named after the color azure-blue . The word “azure” stems from the Persian lâzhuward, meaning “heaven” or “blue.”

Malachite is  a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral.  Its vibrant green color can sometimes be found together with other shades of green malachite on the same specimen.

Size: 1.5″ x 2″ x .75″

Locality: Morenci, Arizona

 

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Malachite and Azurite Mineral Specimen

MALACHITE

HISTORY, NAME, LOCALITIES: Malachite has been used since antiquity as a green pigment and pottery glaze and was one of the first ores of copper.  Its name stems from the Greek molochitēs, meaning mallow, in allusion to that herb’s green leaves.  Notable collecting localities are found in France, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Namibia, Australia, Chile, and the United States (Arizona, Utah, Nevada).

 

MINERALOGY, PROPERTIES, OCCURRENCE:  Malachite [basic copper carbonate, Cu2(CO3)(OH)2, pronounced MAH-le-kite, crystallizes in the monoclinic system and occurs in massive, botryoidal, and stalactitic forms, as well as in tuft-like prismatic crystals.  It has a Mohs hardness of 3.5-4.0, perfect cleavage in one direction, silky-to-dull luster, and a specific gravity of 3.9-4.0.  Malachite is a secondary mineral that forms in the shallow, oxidized portions of copper deposits in association with such minerals as azurite, calcite, chalcopyrite, chrysocolla, and linarite.  It is usually translucent to opaque and exhibits a diagnostic grass-green and emerald-green to dark, forest-green color.

 

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES, LORE, USES: Modern metaphysical practitioners believe that malachite absorbs negative energies, releases negative memories, and brings overall emotional healing.  Until the early 1900s, azurite was an important ore of copper.  Azurite is used extensively in cabochons for jewelry and as a carving medium for decorative objects.

 

COLLECTORS’ INFORMATION: Malachite is widely collected for its bright green color, unusual crystal habits, banded botryoidal forms, and mineralogical associations which, in composite specimens, make display pieces.

 

AZURITE

 

HISTORY, NAME, LOCALITIES: Azurite has served as a blue pigment and pottery glaze since 3500 B.C. and was one of the first ores of copper.  It is named for its diagnostic azure color.  The word “azure” stems from the Persian lâzhuward, meaning “heaven” or “blue.”  Notable collecting localities are located in Mexico, China, Russia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Chile, Bolivia, and the United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada).

 

MINERALOGY, PROPERTIES, OCCURRENCE: Azurite [basic copper carbonate, Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2], pronounced AZH-ur-ite, crystallizes in the monoclinic system and occurs in massive, botryoidal and stalactitic forms as well as tabular and bladed prismatic crystals.  It has an intense azure-blue color, a Mohs hardness of 3.5-4.0, near-perfect cleavage in one direction, vitreous luster, and specific gravity of 3.7-3.8.  Azurite is a secondary mineral that forms in the shallow, oxidized portions of copper deposits in association with such minerals as malachite, calcite, chalcopyrite, chrysocolla, and linarite.

 

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES, LORE, USES:  Metaphysical practitioners believe that azurite helps to identify and dispense with unwanted past beliefs and memories to enable the mind to achieve higher levels of consciousness and intellectual receptivity.  When worn, azurite is thought to ease rheumatic pain.  Until the early 1900s, azurite was one of the primary ores of copper.  Azurite is used extensively in cabochons for jewelry and as a carving medium for decorative objects.

 

COLLECTORS’ INFORMATION: With its vivid, azure-blue color, unusual crystal habits, and colorful mineralogical associations, azurite is one of the most widely collected minerals and makes superb display specimens.

 

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