Azurite

Rough pieces
Location: Morocco

 Azurite is a relatively soft, deep blue copper mineral. The name is derived from the Greek
"kuanos" which means "deep blue" or the Persian word for blue: "lazaward". And it is precisely this colour that has given azurite eternal fame among painters. The much used pigment ultramarine was made of azurite and used by painters like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer and many others. About 15 years ago, the Vatican bought a few hundred kilos of azurite from Morenci Arizona to make this pigment themselves for the restoration of Michelangelo's beautiful sky painting in the Sistine Chapel.
Azurite often comes together with her "sisters" chrysocolla and malachite, two other copper minerals.


Cut smaller pieces
Location: Congo

 Azurite is a relatively soft, deep blue copper mineral. The name is derived from the Greek "kuanos" which means "deep blue" or the Persian word for blue: "lazaward". And it is precisely this colour that has given azurite eternal fame among painters. The much used pigment ultramarine was made of azurite and used by painters like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer and many others. About 15 years ago, the Vatican bought a few hundred kilos of azurite from Morenci Arizona to make this pigment themselves for the restoration of Michelangelo's beautiful sky painting in the Sistine Chapel.
Azurite often comes together with her "sisters" chrysocolla and malachite, two other copper minerals.
These beautiful specimens are hand-cut.