What is Amazonite?Amazonite is a green microcline feldspar that is exceptionally popular as a gemstone. It was named for the Amazon River which flows near some of the first commercial deposits of Amazonite. Amazonite is a popular stone with rockhounds, jewelers and the general public. It is often used to make beads that are used in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It is also cut into cabochones and those stones are set into pendants, earrings and pins. Amazonite works well in a variety of craft, decorative and jewelry projects. However, it does not make a good stone for rings or other items that might be subject to impact because it cleaves easily. Amazonite is found at many locations worldwide. Lots of bright green material has been mined in Brazil. Amazonite has been mined from pegmatite deposits near Pike’s Peak, Colorado. And, the mines in the Ural Mountains of Russia have produced Amazonite in a variety of green shades, including some light green material.
The Metaphysical Powers of Amazonite:Enhances creative expression, aligns astral bodies, unity with life. Improves self worth. Amazonite is considered a soothing stone that offers confidence and works on the throat chakra. It is called the “hope stone” because it inspires confidence and hope. One source says it is useful to activate lazy teenagers.
A semi-opaque stone that was used extensively by the Egyptians it is called the stone of courage and is said to be named after the Amazon women warriors. Some archaeological evidence suggests that the Amazonians were a matriarchal society during the Bronze Age.
Another legend says the name Amazonite comes from the belief that it was found in the Amazon river.
General Information About Amazonite:
- Color: Light green to bright green, blue green.
- Hardness: 6 – 6.5
- Optical Properties: Translucent
- Luster: Vitreous
- Cleavage: Perfect in two directions at 90 degrees.
- Specific Gravity: 2.5 – 2.6
- Crystal Properties: Triclinic
- Mineral / Rock Type: A varieity of microcline feldspar.
- Healing Properties: None scientifically proven.
- Other Properties: Easily fractured along cleavage planes.