mineralogy, history, and metaphysics

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Teller County, Colorado, USA


(Self-Love, Integrity, Good Fortune, Emotional Release)


Amazonite is a translucent to opaque feldspar, the soft green variety of the mineral microcline, and it forms in the triclinic crystal system. It is named after the Amazon River of South America, although no deposits are known to have been discovered in the area. Amazonite often has white lines or alternating streaks mixed within it, and can also have uneven color distribution. A deep forest-green color is often preferred, but amazonite gemstones can also be light green and bluish-green, while some high-grade specimens display an extraordinary teal-blue coloration.


Archaeological finds in Egypt and Mesopotamia give insight into these stones ancient use as a gemstone, and although it has been used in the art of jewelry creation for well over three thousand years, no ancient or medieval authority had described or mentioned it in any significance. It was first described as a distinct mineral only a few hundred years ago, during the 18th century.


For many years, the true source of amazonite's color was considered a mystery. Most people assumed the color was due to copper, due to various other copper compounds displaying blue and green colors. However, a 1985 study suggests that the blue-green color of amazonite is a result of trace amounts of lead and water combinations within the feldspar. While other studies suggest that the colors are associated with the increasing content of three trace elements: lead, rubidium, and thallium. A 2010 study also implicated the complex role of divalent iron in the green coloration. These studies and associated hypotheses indicate the extremely complex nature of color within amazonite crystals; suggesting that numerous explanations can be attributed to its coloration within the formation processes.


Metaphysically, amazonite is said to attract good luck and fortune. Being a stone of the heart chakra, it can help to facilitate a narrowed path towards personal achievement and success. It is also said to be a stone of emotional release and balance, aiding the heart in letting go of what no longer serves its higher purpose, releasing blockages of worry and grief. A stone of compassion, it can also aid in acceptance during grieving processes associated with the death of a loved one. Physically, amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Considering the nervous system controls our emotions, this stone is said to soothe tense and aggressive circumstances and help to replace them with love and connectivity. Furthermore, it is said to aid the body with thyroid and parathyroid inadequacies, as well as in metabolic deficiencies and muscle spasms.