|Colour : Blue-green with white flecks|
|Chakra : Throat, Navel|
|Element : Air|
|Astro Sign : Gemini, Virgo|
|Key Words : Truth, Communication, Serenity|
Amazonite, with its gorgeous blue hue is best used as a stone for soothing. It helps to settle erratic thoughts, calms the nervous system and aids in healing and health. It is also known as a stone of balance and filtration helping you to get to the bottom of things and to see both sides of a problem or different points of view.
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.
It was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miass in the Ilmensky Mountains, 50 miles southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granite rocks
Amazonite is now known to occur in various places around the globe.
For many years, the source of amazonite's colour was a mystery. Some people assumed the colour was due to copper because copper compounds often have blue and green colours. A 1985 study suggest that the blue-green colour 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 colour of microcline.