The Stone: Azurite
The Weight: 469.08 carats
The Origin: Arizona
The Cut: Polished Freeform Cabochon Sculpture
- stone measurements: 74.09mm x 48.09mm x 11.96mm
Azurite is a deep, royal blue stone that is found around the world as a byproduct of copper mining along with turquoise, chrysocolla, and malachite. It is not uncommon to find combinations of azurite and these other stones. Due to its rich color, azurite has been processed and used as pigment for centuries; this practice was started by early Egyptians and became especially popular through the Middle Ages.
Azurite is a very soft stone ranking 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is highly recommended to set loose azurite stones into earrings or pendants. Rings made with azurite can only be worn delicately for special occasions. Avoid all chemical jewelry cleaners when cleaning your azurite jewelry; instead, clean only with mild to cool water and a soft bristled toothbrush. A jeweler's rouge cloth on only the metal is the ideal method.