Amazonite is a transparent to opaque gemstone with a pretty green tone. It is also described as green variety of the mineral known as “Microcline Feldspar”. Amazonite was named after the Amazon River located in South America.
Copper was originally thought to be the cause of the green color of an Amazonite, but it is now believed that the color is due to some trace quantities of lead and water inside the stone.
The white streaks in Amazonite are the Albite that has fully grown with the Amazonite into the crystal variety. The finest material is considered to have little to none of the white streaks making it a solid green or blue color. When it is well-polished it can be used as beads and jewelry settings. Most of the top quality Amazonite is originating from the Russia, but good quality material can also come from Virginia, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
|Composition:||KALSi3O8 (K=Potassium AL=Aluminum Si=Silica O=Oxygen)|
|Luster:||Vitreous to pearly|
|Cleavage:||Perfect in 2 directions|
Amazonite was also used as dress jewelry in pre-Columbian South America as well as in Central America. It was thought to also provide shields from the semi-mythical Amazonians, as the female warriors exist in the 10th century B.C. They also utilize Amazonite medicinally to cure wounds and different illnesses of all types.
It was also found inside King Tutankhamen’s tomb, compromising of beads and jewelry. It is also used to adorn his gold mask with other semi precious gemstones. One of the legends refers to Amazonite as a “Stone of Hope” due to its soothing tones that attracts faith and hope.
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