Amazonite, also known as “Amazon Jade” is a green variety of microcline feldspar stones with shades of green anywhere from mint green to aqua or even a turquoise-green. It is said more often than not a deep forest green is preferred. This semi precious stone gets its name from the Amazon River where other green stones were formerly found, however, it is not likely the Amazonite stones occur in the Amazon area.
Amazonite occurs on a limited basis. At one time Amazonite was only found in the Miass in the Ilmen Mountain regions about 50 miles southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia. In Chelyabinsk, Russia Amazonite is found in granitic rocks.
High quality crystals have also been found in Pike’s Peak, Colorado along with other semi-precious stones such as smoky quartz, orthoclase and albite in a coarse granite or pegmatite. Other locations where Amazonite might be found include the Morefield Mine in Amelia, Virginia. It can be found in pegmatite in Brazil.
Amazonite is a bright green color when polished. It can be cut and used as an inexpensive gemstone very similar to agate.
Legends associated with Amazonite:
The turquoise-green color of Amazonite is soothing and calming to look at and enhances expressive creativity. It is said to give off a powerful type of energy similar to the river it is named for which is the Amazon River. The stone provides harmony and balance tempering aggression and providing comfort. It is also considered to be one of the “good luck” semi precious stones. If that is not enough, some people even believe the Amazonite stone is responsbile for enhancing psychic powers and intelligence.
The Amazonite stones are well known in India and Egypt and was used as a very popular stone for decorating material. The stones were cut into tablets for Egyptian funerary text. Jewelry made from Amazonite stones was found among Tutankhamen’s treasures. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who ruled BC during the Egyptian history known as the “New Kingdom.”
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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