Amazonite is a variety of microcline which is a member of the potassium feldspar group. Amazonite is typically light green to greenish blue or bluish green. It is used in cabochons, beads, and decorative items. It has been found at archeological sites in the middle east that date back 2000 years. Some of the best mineral specimens come from Pikes Peak in Colorado, United States of America.
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LWUV: Inert to weak yellowish green
Countries of Origin
Tanzania, United Republic Of; Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of); Myanmar; Viet Nam; Czechia; Egypt; Madagascar; Libya; Portugal; Austria; Mongolia; Sweden; Mozambique; Pakistan; Korea (the Republic of); Unknown; Malawi; China; Russian Federation (the); Brazil; Poland; France; Nepal; Argentina; United States of America (the); Sri Lanka; Japan; Ukraine; Zambia; Spain; Canada; Mauritania; Norway; Namibia; Finland; South Africa; Australia; Peru; Ethiopia; Germany; Tajikistan
The blue green hues of amazonite evoke tranquility and rainforest images. Its color is almost calming and amazonite is never boring. Variations of color from the subtlest, almost baby-blue green to the intense, blue-greens of the ancient amazon ensure that every stone is a unique beauty. Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family and has a wearable hardness of 6 - 6 1/2 on the Mohs scale. It's usually fashioned en cabochon to optimize its nuances of color, clarity, and pattern. AKA Microcline feldspar
Avoid hard wear, heat, chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners. Do not ingest. Not to be used as a drinking or whisky stone. Please do not ingest liquids that have held amazonite.
More About Amazonite
Ancient Egyptians considered amazonite to be a stone of courage and used it extensively in jewelry and as decorative accents. The 27th chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead was carved on amazonite and it's generally agreed that it is the third stone in the breastplate of Moses. Some cultures believe amazonite is named for the matriarchal societies of centuries ago. The image of a strong and powerful woman has its appeal when connected to the boy-blue-green of amazonite. People who believe in the metaphysical properties of stones consider amazonite to be a soothing stone. While we have no scientific evidence of this benefit, we agree that its easy color has a soothing appeal.