Azurite on Quartz (#64)

Lustrous, opaque, dark blue azurites to ¼" scattered on dull translucent white quartz crystals, a very show specimen.
North America Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico 5 ½" x 4" x 2 ½"


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Azurite has been discussed extensively in other Learn More sections, so this is a good point at which to expound on the pseudoscience that may be confused with mineralogy. Just as astrology is the "dark side" of astronomy (apologies to those of you who guide your lives by horoscopes), and astrologers are not astronomers, so there are those who attribute mystical properties to minerals, and they are not mineralogists. These people generally call minerals "stones." (Note that jewelers also use the term "stones" for minerals, but for them that is a legitimate term of the trade, and jewelers are not those to whom we refer here.) A "google" search for any common mineral will turn up numerous web sites that discuss these "stones."

For example, a search for azurite will reveal sites informing you that azurite will help you activate your third eye chakra and that it will stimulate psychic gilts. You may also read that the citizens of ancient Egypt and Atlantis accessed the metaphysical properties of the mineral - sorry, stone - but that only the highest of the priests and priestesses understood its secrets. Nonetheless, you are told, modern users of azurite can still benefit from its ability to clear away confusion and open the mind. There seems to be little instruction on exactly how one uses it, however.

In the opinion of this writer, this sort of thing is pseudoscience at best. There are less charitable words that might be used. Take it as seriously as you like, but do not confuse it with the science of mineralogy.