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Amazonite was named in 1847 by Johann Friedrich August Breithaupt for an unspecified type locality area near the banks of the Amazon River. Amazonite’s soft and attractive color closely resembles nephrite and jadeite.
Amazonite is a blue-green variety of microcline feldspar that brings clarity, truth and trust, dispels negativity, general health and well being. Because of its bright green color when polished, amazonite is sometimes cut and used as a gemstone, although it is easily fractured. Amazonite is soothing to all chakras especially the heart and throat chakras. It is a stone of alignment providing balance and preventive energy. Amazonite is a mint green to aqua green tumbled gem stone of truth, honor, communication, integrity and trust. It is said to enhance intuition, psychic powers, creativity, intellect, and psychic ability. This crystal is often associated with the throat chakra, and can be beneficial to communication. It aligns the physical and astral bodies. This crystal can lessen stress and self-defeating behaviors by calming and building self-esteem. Amazonite can assist with peacefully making the transition out of this life. It is said to heal emotional disturbances and the after effects of emotional trauma. It is reputed to have spiritual energy healing powers of preventive energy that’s good for one’s health in general, decreasing heart problems, benefiting the muscles, helping the nervous system, lessening tooth decay and osteoporosis. Amazonite works well with aquamarine, larimar, aqua aura, turquoise and moldavite. Astrological sign is Virgo.
Amazonite ranges in hue from bright verdigris green to paler shades of turquoise, sometimes with white, yellow or grey portions, and can be translucent to opaque. It has a vitreous luster, and when polished resembles finely cracked or spider-webbed marble and displays a Schiller effect of pearly iridescence throughout the stone. Its blue-green color was once thought to be caused by copper compounds, though scientists in the 1980’s discovered it to be from small quantities of lead and water. It fractures easily and is usually cut en cabochon for jewelry purposes. It is a soft stone and care should be taken when wearing, or in storing with other minerals.
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