Amazonite Stone Facts and Photos
1. Amazonite aka Amazon Stone
2. Amazonite Healing Properties
3. A Few More Amazonite Facts
4. Article Photos
5. Our Collection of Amazonite
6. More Information
The Mineral 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 and it's believed the stone was confused with another green mineral that was found around the same time in a similar location.
Other sources for amazonite stone include Canada, Namibia, Australia, Italy, Minas Gerais in Brazil and the Ural mountains of Russia.
Healing Properties of Amazonite
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 Amazonite 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.
Both photos of the mineral amazonite in our article were taken by Stone Mania. To see the original full size images click either photo. Both pieces are on display in London's Natural History Museum.
Our Collection of Amazonite