Amazonite Properties Facts and Photos
1. Amazonite aka Amazon Stone
2. Healing Properties
3. More Facts
4. Article Photos
5. Our Collection of Amazonite
Amazonite aka Amazon Stone
Amazonite is an attractive blue green variety of the mineral microcline whose colour is caused by lead. Part of the family of rock forming minerals known as feldspar which accounts for over half of the earth's crust, microcline is one of the most common of all feldspar minerals.
Also known as Amazon Stone, the mineral amazonite is not particularly common and in the past came almost exclusively from Miyask in the Ilmen Mountains not far from Chelyabinsk in Russia. More recently it has been found in Colorado and a few other localities in the United States as well as Madagascar.
Only blue green varieties of the mineral microcline may correctly be referred to as amazonite.
Although named after the Amazon in Brazil, the mineral amazonite is not found anywhere near there. It's believed it was mixed up with another green stone that was found there around the same time. According to Dr J. Kourimsky author of "The illustrated encyclopedia of minerals and rocks", the stone that was actually found by the Amazon river was nephrite jade.
Other sources for amazonite include Canada, Namibia, Australia, Italy, Minas Gerais in Brazil and the Ural mountains of Russia.
Metaphysical Healing Properties
In the metaphysical world amazonite is a powerful stone ideal for use to protect against electromagnetic fields (EMF). Despite its strength it's very soothing and helps calm mental function and particularly stress. On a physical level amazonite balances male and female energies which enables you to look at situations objectively and to see both sides of the story.
An amazonite tumbled stone makes an ideal worry bead because its soothing energy helps calm worry whilst releasing fear and anxiety. It may also be used to gently dissipate negativity and anger.
Associated with the throat and heart chakras amazonite helps clear communication in love and strengthens intuition. For those who are emotional it can help regulate ups and downs hence enabling more balanced feelings.
A carefully chosen stone can bring luck to gamblers or anyone taking a chance to achieve success.
A Few More Facts
Amazonite beads have been found which date as far back as the 5th millennium BC and the stone is still widely used today in items of jewellery. The Ancient Egyptians used it for carving deities and it was also considered to be a catalyst between the living and the Gods.
During the late 1800's Colorado became the most important mining source for the finest grade amazonite and gradually replaced Russia as one of the world's leading suppliers.
Amazonite is graded 6 to 6.5 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
All of the amazonite photos in our article were taken by us. All images are clickable. The first two are on display in London's Natural History Museum. The amazonite tumbled stones are part of our collection.