Amazonite

Amazonite is a potassium aluminum silicate mineral, a form of Feldspar, and ranges in color from green to green/blue often containing whitish inclusions running throughout the crystalline matrix.

Amazonite Metaphysical Properties

The frequency of Amazonite connects to the throat and heart chakras. It opens and clears the throat chakra so that one may “speak one’s truth” communicating one’s thoughts and feelings with clarity.

It stimulates the heart chakra so that one can express one’s emotions and higher truths from a heart-centered awareness and perceive the “truth” and integrity of all situations.

The energy of Amazonite supports one in “setting one’s boundaries” on all levels so that one gains knowledge from life’s experiences for one’s highest good.

This lovely crystal supports physical healing and energetic balance.

Associated Chakras

  • Heart
  • Throat

Physical Ailment

  • Energy Balance
  • Physical Healing
  • Thyroid

Emotional Issue

  • Communication
  • Speaking Ones Truth

Spiritual Connection

  • Communicating Higher Truths
  • Discernment
  • Truth

Geological properties

Amazonite, also known as Amazonstone, is a green tectosilicate mineral, a variety of the potassium feldspar called microcline.

Its name is taken from that of the Amazon River, from which green stones were formerly obtained, though it is unknown whether those stones were amazonite. Although it has been used for over two thousand years, as attested by archaeological finds in Egypt and Mesopotamia, no ancient or medieval authority mentions it. It was first described as a distinct mineral only in the 18th century.

Green and greenish-blue varieties of potassium feldspars which are predominantly triclinic are designated as amazonite. It has been described as a “beautiful crystallized variety of a bright verdigris-green” and as possessing a “lively green colour.” It is occasionally cut and used as a gemstone.

Occurrence

Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miass in the Ilmensky Mountains, 50 miles southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granitic rocks.

Amazonite is now known to occur in various places around the globe. Those places are, among others;

China:

  • Baishitouquan granite intrusion, Hami Prefecture, Xinjiang: found in granite.

Libya:

  • Jabal Eghei, Tibesti Mountains: found in granitic rocks.

Mongolia:

  • Avdar Massif, Töv Province: found in alkali granite.

South Africa:

  • Mogalakwena, Limpopo Province
  • Khâi-Ma, Northern Cape
  • Kakamas, Northern Cape
  • Ceres Valley, Western Cape

United States:

  • Colorado:
    • Deer Trail, Arapahoe County.
    • Custer County.
    • Devils Head, Douglas County.
    • Pine Creek, Douglas County.
    • Crystal Park, El Paso County.
    • Pikes Peak, El Paso County: found in coarse granites or pegmatite.
    • St. Peter’s Dome, El Paso County.
    • Tarryall Mountains, Park County.
    • Crystal Peak, Teller County.
  • Virginia:
    • Morefield Mine, Amelia County: found in pegmatite.
    • Rutherford Mine, Amelia County.
    • Pennsylvania:
    • Media, Delaware County.
    • Middletown, Delaware County.

Amazonite Colors

For many years, the source of amazonite’s color was a mystery. Some people assumed the color was due to copper because copper compounds often have blue and green colors. A 1985 study suggest that the blue-green color results from quantities of lead and water in the feldspar. Subsequent 1998 theoretical studies by A. Julg expand on the potential role of aliovalent lead in the color of microcline.

A recent 2010 study also implicated the role of divalent iron in the green coloration. These studies and associated hypotheses indicate the complex nature of the color in amazonite, in other words the aggregate effect of several mutually inclusive and necessary factors.

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