Amazonite (or Amazon Stone) is the only blue-green crystal and the only gem variety of Microcline Feldspar. Microcline is the most common Feldspar. It is used in ceramics and as a mild abrasive.
Like Moonstone, Amazonite has a distinctive sheen caused by the thin layers of Orthoclase and Albite. This iridescence is also known as Schiller Sheen and opalescence. It was previously thought that the blue-green color of Amazonite was caused by copper like so many other blue and green stones, but they later found that the color is caused by lead and water. It is a 6 – 6.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
Amazonite is often found with Smoky Quartz, Orthoclase and Albite in coarse granite or pegmatites. Pegmatites are formed when magma in the earth cools and coarse grained rocks form within the earth’s surface. These pegmatites are made of of coarse granite and can contain unique minerals like Amazonite.
Although it may have been named for the Amazon river, Amazonite is not found in the Amazon. Amazonite is found in Colorado, Russia, Madagascar, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Australia and Namibia.
Amazonite helps protect against electromagnetic pollution when placed by computers, TV’s, microwaves and cell phones.
Balances the masculine and feminine energies that every one possesses
Helps you to see both points of view to any problem – great to place in meeting areas.
Clears the path for creative expression when placed or worn at the Throat
Alleviates worry, fear and aggravation when rubbed as a worry stone
Drink as a gem elixir to help absorb calcium and thereby alleviate tooth decay, osteoporosis, etc.
Surface Color: Blue-Green
Streak Color: (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Group: Tekto Silicate(one Silicon surrounded by 4 Oxygen atoms)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Easy Cleavage
Fracture (where you break the crystal not on a natural cleavage): Conchoidal is a clam-like fracture which looks like broken glass) to Uneven/Brittle
Tenacity: Sensitive to pressure
Transparency:Transparent (light flows through crystal) to Opaque (no light flows through crystal)
Crystal System:Triclinic (3 axis of unequal length)
Crystal Habit:Tabular and Blocky