What is the story behind this gemstone?: A sister stone to malachite this beautiful blue gemstone is a form of oxidized copper. It rarely forms in transparent crystals as shown at top.
Can I wear it everyday?: Yes. Azurite is a long wearing stone in carved pieces and beads.
Is it expensive?:No. It is priced at about the same price level as malachite.
Is it a birthstone?: No.
What do I need to know before going shopping?: Not much. Azurite will give you a beautiful blue look at a much lower price than natural lapis lazuli. Of course, if you are shopping for lapis lazuli make sure you are not being sold azurite. Beyond that there is not much to worry about.
Beads of combination malachite and azurite strung with malachite and lapis lazuli beads
Source: Found in copper mines world wide
Chemical: Cu2(CO)3 OH2
Formation: Azurite forms from oxidation of copper ore deposits