Azurite has a beautiful, distinctive blue color, which has popularized it as a collectible mineral. It is often found in the higher surfaces of copper ore deposits. Azurite is sometimes used for beads in jewelry, and also as an ornamental stone. However, its generally too soft and fragile to fully be treated as a gemstone. Keep in mind, high heat destroys azurite easily, so all azurite specimens should be kept in room temperatures.