Amazonite - a Gemstone with a Story
We feature Amazonite, our bestselling gemstone which is suitable for all seasons due to its stunning muted mint green hue. Amazonite also stands out as a mesmerising gemstone that tells a story of strength, balance and timeless beauty. Its soothing hues and believed healing properties have earned it a reputation as a gemstone of hope, transformation and communication. Give your life a much-needed boost of brightness with Amazonite!
Did You Know?
- Amazonite is a trade name for the green or blue-coloured gemstone, microcline which is a form of feldspar.
- The most expensive type of Amazonite has a vivid blue-green colour and no white marbling. The whiter streaks and marbling the less expensive it is. So, blue Peruvian Amazonite is one of the more expensive types.
- Amazonite is a rare variety of the most common mineral in the earth's crust, feldspar.
- While archaeological finds in Egypt and Mesopotamia demonstrate its use for two thousand years, neither ancient nor medieval authorities mention it.
- The source of Amazonite’s hue was a mystery for several years. Many thought the hue was caused by copper because copper compounds are frequently blue or green.
- Because of its similarities to jade, Amazonite is often known as Colorado jade or Pikes Peak jade.
Origins and Formation of Amazonite
Amazonite is a variety of microcline feldspar, a mineral group that forms in igneous rocks. What makes it interesting is the adventurous journey it undergoes during its formation. The gemstone requires specific geological conditions, including the presence of potassium, aluminium and water to achieve its unique green to bluish-green colour.
The gemstone was first named “the Amazon stone” after the Amazon River but it was never found near the river. The name was given by German mineralogist Johann Breithaupt in 1847 and it is not known why he came up with this name. Possibly it sounded a bit more exotic than microcline or feldspar (types of minerals). The gemstone has been in use under different names since ancient Egypt.
The primary sources of Amazonite include various parts of the world, such as; Russia, Brazil, the United States, Madagascar and Canada. Each locality gives unique characteristics to the gemstone, resulting in a diverse range of colours and patterns.
Ancient Egyptian Connection of Amazonite
Amazonite boasts a rich history dating back to ancient civilisations. It is believed to have been used extensively by the ancient Egyptians who considered it a sacred stone with powerful properties. Archaeological findings suggest that Amazonite was carved into intricate jewellery and amulets and even adorned the famous funerary mask of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. The gemstone's association with ancient cultures adds an element of timelessness and cultural significance to its allure.
Metaphysical Properties of Amazonite
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Amazonite is renowned for its metaphysical properties, believed by many to promote harmony, balance and truth. Here are some of the key aspects that make Amazonite a sought-after gemstone in the realm of crystal healing:
- Calming energy - Amazonite is often associated with a calming energy that helps alleviate stress and anxiety. Its soothing vibrations are believed to bring a sense of peace to those seeking emotional balance.
- Communication and courage – Amazonite is known as the stone of truth and courage. Amazonite is thought to enhance communication and foster honest self-expression. It encourages individuals to speak their minds and communicate with clarity and conviction.
- Balance and harmony - Amazonite is said to harmonise the masculine and feminine energies within an individual promoting a sense of balance.
- Enhanced intuition - Some believe that Amazonite has the power to heighten intuition and insight allowing for a deeper connection to one's inner wisdom and a clearer understanding of external situations.
In recent years, Amazonite has gained popularity not only for its metaphysical properties but also for its stunning appearance making it a favoured choice in jewellery design. The gemstone's captivating green and blue-green hues have made it the bestseller collection in our jewellery designs. We have a range of Amazonite jewellery in bracelets, necklaces and earrings combined with sterling silver or gold vermeil. The pieces are simple, elegant and timeless suitable for special occasions or to brighten up an everyday look.
Caring for Amazonite Jewellery
While Amazonite is a relatively durable gemstone, it requires proper care to maintain its lustre and beauty over time. Here are some essential tips for caring for your Amazonite jewellery:
- Avoid harsh chemicals - Amazonite can be sensitive to chemicals found in household cleaners, perfumes, and cosmetics. It is advisable to remove your Amazonite jewellery before engaging in activities that may expose it to harsh substances.
- Gentle cleaning - use a soft, damp cloth and mild soap to clean your Amazonite pieces.
- Store separately - store your Amazonite jewellery separately from other pieces to prevent scratches and damage. Consider placing it in a soft pouch or lined jewellery box to protect it from abrasions.
Amazonite, with its captivating colours and believed healing properties continues to inspire and fascinate gemstone admirers and crystal healers alike. Amazonite tells a story of balance, truth and timeless beauty. Its soothing energy and transformative power make it a valuable tool for promoting inner peace, clear communication and spiritual growth.