Amazonite – Gemzworld Crystals Encyclopedia
Amazonite – This is our research and findings on this mineral
Origin – the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
A subdivision of Feldspar is Alkali Feldspar which is typically rich in potassium, and from this evolves the Microcline type, which is mainly white or pale yellow. In rare cases, the Microcline may appear a blue | green colour which is then termed as the semi-precious stone, Amazonite.
Amazonite is created in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks when potassium-rich hot silica acid changes from a liquid | gas formation into a solid compound. The blue | green colour is determined by traces of lead and water that remain in the silica acid.
All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are seven systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Amazonite crystals belong to the Triclinic system.
History – the past considered whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or something, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The earliest reference to Amazonite is in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which dates back to 3400 BCE, which recommends green feldspar (the earlier name for Amazonite) as an amulet in various parts of the text.
The Amazonite heart scarab amulet, which was used during the weighing of the heart ceremony when sending the soul on its journey to the underworld, was recovered as a ring from the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Contrary to its name, Amazonite or green Feldspar has never been found near the Amazon River region. Instead, the name is said to have derived from tales told by the ancient Greeks where the female Amazon Warriors wore shields decorated with a green | blue stone. When the interest in Crystals grew in the 18th Century, the name was changed from Green Feldspar to Amazonite.
Amazonite is limited in occurrence and was initially mined from granite rocks in the Miass area of Russia. It was later found in Colorado, Virginia, Madagascar and Brazil.
Specification – the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Amazonite is easily fractured in its raw form, so care is taken to use it for cutting gemstones. The stones are polished to display the bright green colours and are also enhanced through tumbling. Apart from this, Amazonites enter the market in their natural form.
Varieties – a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Amazonite is a variety of the Feldspar Mineral group, particularly the Alkali (Potassium) Group. Amazonite can sometimes be mistaken for jade, turquoise, aventurine, serpentine and chalcedony, among others, yet the most popular related gemstones are:
Esoteric Attributes – a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals, by their very nature, can receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy. Hence, crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.
Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnessed and used for specific purposes. Each, therefore, has particular qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.
The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Amazonite crystals.
Mental: Amazonite Crystals strengthens logic and intuition to enhance problem-solving. It gives us the confidence in our powers to achieve greatness and determine our fate.
Emotional: Amazonite unites the male | female communication and energies regarding love. It strengthens the balance of emotion and has a calming influence over mood definition.
Physical: Amazonite is a facilitator of childbirth, aiding the internal organs and harmonising vegetative nervous systems and the brain. Amazonite also helps to regulate metabolic disorders.
Crystal Chart – Amazonite
Mineralogy: Potassium aluminium silicate K(AISi308)
Geometric form: Triclinic Prismatic
Family: Silicate Feldspar
Ayurvedic Birthstones Amazonite is not an Ayurvedic Birthstone.
Astrology Birthstone (Zodiac) Amazonite is associated with the astrological sign of Leo (23rd July to 22nd August).
Appearance: Vitreous, dull, translucent to opaque. Green | Blue-Green colour with veins of white.
Aura: Amazonite crystals are used to strengthen the communication of the speech of truth with higher levels. It aids the aura in processing the meaning of this process, working with strong vibrations through the throat Chakra.
Colour: Green or Blue-green with strands of white veins running through the stone.
Chakra: Amazonite is attuned to the throat and heart Chakras.
International Crystals – References and resources:
Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014
World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001
New Oxford American Dictionary