Azurite, Malachite, and Chrysocolla.
Copper minerals can be used as gemstones.
Chrysocolla, Malachite, and Azurite with beautiful blue and green colours are often found.
Azurite occurs in the weathered zone of copper ore-bodies usually in association with malachite. My Azurite on the rock above was formed by leaching the Copper Ore . It is in a powered form, not crystal.
I live in North West Queensland Australia and these Minerals, Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla can be found in a lot of places. There is a lot of old mines every where. They dig holes and leave them. The Azurite (blue) colour does come off when cleaned. Some rocks are just for collecting, you can not do anything with them. I have not found Azurite in crystal form.
Cutting these stones, is a very slow, they have so many fractures they crumble as you cut the stone. What you end up with is a beautiful stone the ones below, have natural copper running through them. Azurite dust is toxic and must not be inhaled when cutting and polishing
They can be cut into beautiful cabochon and used in jewellery. These are soft minerals that scratch easily, so stones cut from them are best used in jewellery such as pendants and earrings that will not encounter abrasion or impact. Pictures of Jewellery made with Azurite, Malachite and Chrysocolla
Azurite -Copper Ore.
Azurite is a rare variety of gemstone-quality copper ore. Azurite is one of two basic copper carbonate minerals (malachite is the other). Azurite is rarer than malachite and is considered more valuable. The Azurite picture above, has a very thin layer of the blue Azurite, To look at it closely you would think the blue is a powder. I cleaned my first rock and lost the blue colour. It is not gemstone quality.
Azurite gets its name from the Persian word ‘lazhward’, which refers to its distinctive, vivid blue color. Azurite is a fairly soft stone .
Malachite is a green copper carbonate mineral. Malachite is used as a source of copper and as a gemstone. It often occurs with azurite in copper deposits. Malachite often has distinctive concentric bands in varying shades of green, which make it an interesting gemstone. It is a very soft stone.
Malachite is a Very Soft Gemstone, it has been , use to be grounded it into powder to make eyeshadow. Malachite has also been used as the pigment in green paint. plus a lot of other things.
Chrysocolla colour can be among the brightest shade of blue and green, and is caused by its copper content. Chrysocolla is a soft mineral but it will hole together when cutting it because, of the other minerals, intergrown together with the Quartz stone. Look closely at the picture and it has Natural copper running through it . I have cab two of these stones , from the same rock, there is a white quarts running through the stone. Yes I fell in love with the colours.
It is a bit hard to identify a rock, a gemstone, because there is all different sorts al over the world. But if you love what you are doing, it is OK to tell your stories. I hope you enjoy my Stories.
This is a rock in my garden.
All the pictures above are from my collection, I am happy to share, and sell my rocks/gemstones.( at a cost)
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