Azurite and chrysocolla beads, wholesale gemstone and pendants and body jewelry at wholesale prices

Azurite beads and body jewelry

Azurite is an attractive blue mineral typically found as a secondary weathering mineral related to native copper and other copper minerals.  It is a popular mineral because of its unparalleled color. Azurite’s deep blue color is known as azure and its name derived from the Arabic word for blue and is available at wholesale prices including chrysocolla beads.  Azurite is found all over the globe where copper turns into malachite.  Outstanding specimens come from the southwestern United States, Congo, Mexico, Australia and many places in Europe. Azurite, malachite and chrysocolla are copper based minerals and are made into stone body jewelry such as spirals, plugs, tunnels, pendants, earrings and pinchers.

Azurite is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It is also known as Chessylite after the Chessy-les-Mines near Lyon, France, where striking specimens have been found. The mineral has been known since ancient times, and was mentioned in Pliny the Elder's Natural History under the Greek name kuanos ("deep blue," root of English cyan) and the Latin name caeruleum. The blue of azurite is exceptionally deep and clear, and for that reason the mineral has tended to be associated since antiquity with the deep blue color of low-humidity desert and winter skies. The modern English name of the mineral reflects this association, since both azurite and azure are derived via Arabic from the Persian lazhward, an area known for its deposits of another deep blue stone, lapis lazuli ("stone of azure").

 

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