Hardness: 3.5 – 4
Chakra: Third Eye, Heart
Found: Namibia; Bisbee, Arizona; Australia
Hardness: 3.5 – 4
Chakra: Solar Plexus, Heart
Zodiac: Capricorn and Scorpio
Found: Zaire, Australia, Chile, South Africa
Azurite and Malachite often grow together and are wonderful stones to have in a collection. Both Azurite and Malachite are soft copper carbonate minerals. More often Azurite it is found in massive form inter-grown with Malachite as a result of the weathering and oxidation of copper sulfide minerals.
Azurite is a soft stone named for its deep “azure blue” color. It is a copper carbonate mineral found in the upper oxidized portions of copper deposits. Azurite is a secondary mineral formed by the action of carbonated water acting on copper-containing minerals. It has a vitreous or glassy luster or sheen on a mineral surface. Over time, as it absorbs water, it changes into the mineral Malachite. Thus, the two are found together, creating a brilliant deep blue stone with flashes of green or vice versa.
Malachite was known in Egypt as early as 3000 B.C. and was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for jewelry, ornaments and was even used in its powdered form for eyeshadow. It is very possible that the name Malachite was derived from either of the 2 Greek words “Malache” – meaning “mallow” referring to its color – or “Malakos” which means “soft” and can be a hint towards Malachite’s hardness. Most Malachite found on the market is cut from botryoidal masses with fibrous banding of lighter and darker shades of green.
Metaphysical & Spiritual Properties
Malachite is a protection stone, absorbing negative energies and pollutants from the atmosphere and from the body. It guards against radiation of all kinds, clears electromagnetic pollution and heals earth energies. Keep near microwaves in the kitchen and televisions in living areas. In the workplace Malachite protects against noise, over-bright fluorescent lighting, and harmful rays from technological equipment, and negative phone calls or emails.
Azurite awakens inner visions and higher perceptions, raising one’s consciousness, and can be used to clear blockages in the auric field. It aids in releasing old beliefs, fears, and anger as well, and is a magnificent tool in assisting with past-life memory work. It is also excellent for clearing the mind in meditation.
Azurite-Malachite is an exceptional conductor of energy, bringing a grounded, more integrated process in healing physical dis-ease.
It may also be used to activate the Third Eye in cleansing the subconscious of emotionally charged thoughts or negative feelings, and restoring a higher and clearer mental state. It assists in dissolving egocentric traits, dispelling conceit, arrogance, and vanity, and instills a willingness toward flexibility and individuality based on a universal connection to “All.” Azurite-Malachite’s combination of energies is highly conducive to meditation by allowing one to go deep within the self, without fear, in order to be sustained, absolved, and reborn into the light, completely aware of the genesis at all times, bringing an entirely new outlook on life.
Azurite-Malachite activates the heart and 3rd eye Chakras and supports loving expression of insights and visions. It opens oneself to higher guidance and inner discovery, and the heart to greater love and compassion.
~ Legends claim Azurite to be one of the most powerful healing stones in Atlantis where its psychic powers were so potent, the secrets to its use were known only to priests. It became so shrouded in mystery that many of its secrets are now thought to be lost.
~ In ancient Egypt, Azurite was valued by high priests and priestesses to raise their awareness to a god-conscious state, using the pigment to paint the protective eye of Horus, the young sky god, on their foreheads.
~ Calming and soothing to the emotions
~ Azurite-Malachite is toxic in its raw form and it is advised that you do not immerse this stone in water
~ It calms anxieties and promotes flexibility in all thoughts and actions
Works well with…
Azurite-Malachite harmonizes well with the vibrations of stones such as Sodalite, Iolite, Dumortierite, Ametrine and Lapis Lazuli. To increase mental clarity, combine it with Citrine, Celestite or Sunstone. If you wish to achieve spiritual clarity pair Azurite-Malachite with Honey Calcite. When united with Variscite, it enhances the vibrations of love and kindness within the stone.