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Amazonite

Colour : Blue-green with white flecks
Chakra : Throat, Navel
Element : Air
Astro Sign : Gemini, Virgo
Key Words : Truth, Communication, Serenity

 

Amazonite is a soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. Balances the masculine and feminine energies. Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear.

 

History

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.

 

Geology

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 color of microcline.