Amazonite

Background * History

  • It is believed that Amazonite was first called »Amazon Stone« and was later changed to Amazonite. Amazonite was named after South America’s Amazon river, which flows through Brazil. It was believed that Amazonite was found there long ago, but mineralogists claim that no green deposits of feldspar exist in Brazil’s Amazon. Amazonite and other green Feldspars do naturally occur in other areas of Brazil, just not in the Amazon River. It is a gem quality variety of green Microcline, belonging to the Feldspar group of minerals. The Feldspars are a fairly homogenous group of rock-forming Tectosilicates that make up nearly 60% of the Earth’s crust. The word ‘Feldspar’ originated from the German words, »feld« and »spath«, which loosely translates as »rock that contains ore«.
  • Amazonite is a light green to light bluish green Feldspar. Amazonite soft and attractive color closely resembles Nephrite and Jadeite. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as »Colorado Jade« or »Pikes Peak Jade« because of the close resemblance. Amazonite appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled, green and white pattern. Amazonite also has a very faint sheen adding to its uniqueness.

Healing * Metaphysical Properties

  • Amazonite has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls our emotions, this stone is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and enhance love.
  • This stone is associated with the throat and heart and it is best when worn as a necklace near these areas.
  • Amazonite is believed to have many metaphysical powers.
  • Amazonite stones are also thought to have tremendous healing abilities.
  • Amazonite carries a strong energy that is able to stimulate the better emotions and personality traits.
  • It is said to balance masculine and feminine energy, and strengthen physical power and stamina.
  • Amazonite was often worn by gamblers, because it attracts luck and good fortune.
  • When worn as an amulet, it can protect against a wide variety of ailments and diseases.
  • Chakra

**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. Moirai.si does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

Gemological Properties

Chemical CompositionKAlSi3O8
Colorpastel blue-green, deep green/blue (Russian)
Hardness (Mohs)6
Specific Gravity2.5-2.6
Refractive Index1.522-1.530

Origin and Gemstone Sources

  •  Brazil, Colorado (USA), Norway, Canada, Russia, India, Madagascar, Namibia and Tanzania.

Care

  • Amazonite is sensitive to chemicals, bleach, 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. Under extreme heat, Amazonite can fade in color.
  • When storing gemstones or gemstone jewelry, store them inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth separately from other type of gemstones to prevent damage or scratches.
  • It is best to remove any jewelry before engaging in any strenuous physical activity, such as exercise or sports.
  • Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on your precious gems.

Zodiac

  • Virgo, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio