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Azurite Crystals and Mineral Specimens

Byminerals

Azurite is a very popular and well-known mineral. It ranges in color from deep blue to violet-blue. Azurite is not a common or abundant mineral. Its blue color attracts attention. It has been used by people in many parts of the world for years. Ancient people used it as copper ore, pigment, gemstone, and ornamental stone. It is still used today for all these purposes.

Azurite is a secondary mineral formed in the oxidized parts of copper deposits. Large, well-formed, and deep blue crystals from Tsumeb in Namibia, Bisbee in Arizona, and Milpillas in Mexico are considered to be the finest minerals in nature. Azurite is a carbonate mineral that produces light energy with dilute hydrochloric acid, which produces a light blue liquid. Azurite often occurs with green malachite.

The ancient Egyptians used azurite powder as a pigment for blue paint. Azurite is popular with people who collect minerals. The best models can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, depending on their quality and size. In some areas, the azurite undergoes a chemical reaction and loses some hydroxyl, converting the azurite to malachite and retaining the crystalline form of the original azurite.

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