If you like a blue - green combination, azurite could be your favorite gemstone!
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Azurite is a beautiful deep blue stone used for cabochons (see photo below), beads and carvings.
It is a medium hard stone at 3.5
- 4 on the Mohs hardness scale.
A copper bearing mineral, it can be found by itself; often it is in a matrix with malachite.
Traditionally, this stone is believed to enhance psychic abilities and spiritualism. Many claim they use it to calm and sooth the mind and for help in reaching a meditative state.
Some people believe it can aid in recovering long lost memories.
Because it is a soft stone, it can be scratched easily so care should be taken while wearing jewelry containing azurite. Although commonly set in rings, it is better worn in pendants and earrings because it will be more easily protected.
It should not be immersed in liquids because it is a porous stone and will absorb moisture.
Ultrasonic or steam cleaning is not recommended!
Cleaning with a soft dry cloth is best; a commercially available jeweler's polishing cloth containing rouge is OK, but afterward it should be rinsed with clean water and dried with a soft cloth.
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