Amazonite is a gem variety of microcline feldspar
and is usually polished as a cabochon. It displays a schiller
of light which is caused by inclusions. Schiller is a lustrous
reflection from planes in a mineral grain and is similar to
what is more commonly known as iridescence. The schiller is
caused by a feature of the stone's crystal structure. Orthoclase
feldspar and albite are present in close association, arranged
in layers. This causes an interference effect of light.
Amazonite is found in the United States, Brazil,
Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, Namibia. Amazonite is usually
light green to blue-green, mottled and sometimes contains
A relatively soft stone, Amazonite ranges from
5-6 on the Mohs
Amazonite varies from bright verdigris green to a bluish
Specific gravity: 2.56-2.57
Transparency: opaque to translucent
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Enhances creative expression, aligns astral bodies, unity
with life. Improves self worth. Amazonite is considered a
soothing stone that offers confidence and works on the throat
chakra. It is called the "hope stone" because it
inspires confidence and hope. One source says it is useful
to activate lazy teenagers.
A semi-opaque stone that was used extensively
by the Egyptians it is called the stone of courage and is
said to be named after the Amazon women warriors. Some archaeological
evidence suggests that the Amazonians were a matriarchal society
during the Bronze Age.
Another legend says the name Amazonite comes
from the belief that it was found in the Amazon river.