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 Amazonite (Am-a-zon-ite) Gemstone Properties 



(Russian Amazonite)

(Amazonite covers the ''green'' spectrum, in terms of shading.)

Design Possibilities

Amazonite is a mostly opaque stone textured with pale milky-white cloudiness or streaking ranging from light green to greenish blue to deep green/blue. If you want to go wild with creativity, mix assorted coral bead strands with this stone. For a subtler more classic look, combine this with faceted moukaite. The sparkle from the faceted moukaite and the softer amazonite allows you to wear this piece with just about everything. If you want a very soft look, the combination of amazonite with moonstone is splendid. The moonstone accentuates the white texture in the amazonite. This combination in a simply strung necklace can be worn with a white tank top on a casual day, or with any business outfit. Make a bracelet and simple earrings to match for a classy casual look.

History/Background

A Brazilian legend boasts of the Amazon people giving ''green stones'' to the visitors of the region. Europeans were already familiar with green microcline (my-krO-kline) from Russia and assumed the blue-green rock given to them by the Indians of South America was the same stone. As it turns out, Amazonite is not found in the Amazon Basin and the legend was most likely referring to Nephrite (jade). It is believed that Amazonite was first called ''Amazon Stone,'' and was later changed to amazonite.

Cleaning

Amazonite is sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, heat, acids, and ammonia. Never use a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic cleaners with this gemstone. Use mild soap and room temperature tap water with a soft cloth so you do not diminish the luster of the gemstone.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls our emotions a great deal, this stone is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and enhance love. Since this stone is associated with the throat and heart, it is best when worn as a necklace near these areas. Amazonite is said to bestow truth, honor and integrity to its wearer.

Scientific Description

Amazonite (also called Amazon Stone and Amazon Jade) is microcline feldspar composed of potassium aluminum silicate (K Al Si3 O8). Its color is due to lead impurities, and the stone can also include cloudy white streaks and patches. Because of its color, Amazonite is sometimes confused with Jade and Turquoise. While sensitive to pressure, it has a Mohs hardness rating of 6 and is suitable for beads, cabochons and in carved cameos.
Mineral InformationTektosilicate, microcline (feldspar group)
Chemical CompositionKAlSi3O8
ColorPastel blue-green, Deep green/blue (Russian)
Hardness6
Specific Gravity2.5-2.6
Refractive Index1.522-1.530

Occurrence

Amazonite is named after the Amazon area in Brazil, where it was originally discovered. It is associated with deposits of granite and quartz and is found in parts of Colorado, USA, Norway, Canada, Russia, India, Madagascar, Nambia and Tanzania. The coloration varies from light green to a darker ''emerald'' green, depending on the region it comes from.

**Please note that all Metaphysical/Healing Properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat varied conditions within one's life. We do not guarantee any of the statements made or the validity of these statements.

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.


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