An electric blue gemstone, like no other you will have ever seen.
Azurite is an intensely deep-blue copper mineral, which is produced by weathered copper ore deposits. It is also known as Chessylite after the name of the mine in which it was found in Lyon, France.
Historically, the gem has been set into jewellery as well as being used in Japan as a blue pigment in paintings. Azurite was also mentioned by its previous name “Kuanos” by Pliny the Elder (author and philosopher 23– 79AD). Its vivid blue colour tends to diminish over time, especially when exposed to heat and light.
One of the most famous specimens of Azurite is known as the “Newmont Azurite”. Originally discovered in Namibia in 1952, the gem was unusual for this variety in that it was over eight inches long. The miner who discovered it allegedly smuggled the gem out of the mine and sold it to pay off his tab at his local tavern.
We are unsure whether Azurite’s name is derived from the Persian word “lazhward” or from the Arabic word “azul”; however both mean blue and this gemstone is instantly recognisable by its striking loud colour. As it is a fairly soft gemstone and one that is difficult to cut in larger sizes, it tends to be more of a collectable gemstone than one that can be worn.