Amazonite (Peru)

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Healing Properties of Amazonite

Spiritual: Amazonite is a stone of courage and reveals the lie inherent in “victim mentality”. It teaches us that we are the master of our own fate and that we have the power to do great things.  It helps us to heal from the hurt of the past and to use the past as fuel to move us forward into a healthier future. Amazonite reminds us of who we truly are and helps us to move beyond our fear of judgement or failure.  It brings us into correct alignment and balance with all that is real and good.  Amazonite strengthens the aura and protects us from EMF radiation, particularly cellphones and televisions.  It is attuned to the Heart and Throat Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Virgo. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 5.

Emotional: Amazonite is a calming stone that helps to balance out mood extremes. It encourage us to trust that “all will be well” and helps guide us along the path to inner and outer harmony. Amazonite enhances all communications concerning love and male/female energies. It is particularly good for helping us to create and maintain healthy boundaries.

Mental: Amazonite encourages problem solving by uniting logic and intuition. It soothes mental irritations and helps speed up the process of intellectually working through emotional issues. Amazonite empowers us to consciously manifest our dreams and desires and will magnify intentions which are spoken aloud.  

Physical: Amazonite is said to reduce tension in the body. It is most commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat menstrual cramps and to ease the pain of childbirth. It is also used to heal the adrenal glands, brain, heart and liver.   It is thought to align the physical body with the etheric and astral bodies, making Amazonite a wonderful healing stone for general health maintenance and preventive care.  Amazonite is also thought to help the body better absorb calcium and guard against osteoporosis.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Amazonite

Rough Amazonite

Rough Amazonite, El Paso Co., Colorado, USA

Mineral Family: Feldspar

Chemical Composition: K[AISi3O8]
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Green, blue-green
Crystal System: Triclinic; prismatic
Form/Habit: Short prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, uneven, splintery, brittle
Gravity: 2.56-2.58
Hardness: 6-6.5
Luminescence: Green (long wave) / Red (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous, dull
Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent to opaque

Location: Amazonite deposits have been found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Peru Russia, and the United States (Colorado and Virginia).

Mineral Family: Amazonite is a rare blue-green Microcline, a type of Alkali Feldspar, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Feldspar is a large mineral family in its own right and is subdivided into Alkali Feldspars (rich in Potassium) and Plagioclase Feldspars (rich in Calcium). The most common type of Alkali Feldspar is Microcline, which is typically white or pale yellow. Much more rarely Microcline may be blue-green, at which point it is called Amazonite and considered a semi-precious gemstone.  

Formation: Amazonite is a major component of most igneous rocks, and may also be found in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It is created when hot silica acid rich in aluminum and potassium shifts from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. Trace particles of lead and water within the silica acid gives Amazonite its rich blue-green color, otherwise the silica acid would transform into the more common white Microcline.

Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. Amazonite is a relatively rare mineral. Historically, it was mined almost exclusively in the Ilmen Mountains of Russia where it was found embedded in the granite mountains. Today it is mined alongside granite and Pegmatite in the Ilmen and Ural Mountains of Russia, as well as the Rocky Mountains in the United States. It is also mined alongside Pegmatite in Minas Geris, Brazil and in Madagascar. 

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Norcross-Madagascar Amazonite Quarry

Enhancements: All Amazonites on the market are natural, enhanced only through tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Microcline, Amazon stone

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Amazonite, Amazonite Quarry

History of Amazonite

Amazon with Shield, said to be decorate with blue-green "Amazonite" stoneFor most of its history, Amazonite was known merely as ‘green feldspar’. Some sources state that the name ‘Amazonite’ is reference to the color of the Amazon river and/or that green feldspar is found in the vicinity of the river. Such claims are totally inaccurate since the Amazon river typically appears brown, rather than blue-green, and green feldspar has never been found near it. Instead, the name Amazonite is a modern reference to the mythological Amazons.     

European explorers in South America were told by native tribes along the Rio Negro River, a tributary of the Amazon River, that a beautiful blue-green stone came from a ‘land of women without men.’ It was further said that the women gave the stones to men that visited them. The ancient Greeks had told a similar tale in which the Amazons, a tribe of fierce warrior women, were said to carry shields decorated with a blue-green stone. Like their sisters in South America, the Greek Amazons lived without men, but took occasional male visitors as lovers and gave them gifts before sending them away. As interest in the power of crystals gained new popularity during the 18th century, these stories led to the official naming of green feldspar as ‘Amazonite.’

Amazonite scarab Amulet "May Re Live"

Amazonite Scarab Amulet “May Re Live”

The earliest known reference to Amazonite, or green feldspar, is found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a funerary text dating back to 3400 BCE. The Book of the Dead is a funerary text whose name may be more correctly translated as the Book of Emerging Forth Into The Light. It contains a series of magical spells which, if used correctly, were thought to help the souls of the dead travel safely through the Underworld.  In several locations throughout the book, various amulets made of green feldspar are recommended. One such amulet, a heart scarab ring, was recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen. 

The Amazonite heart scarab amulet would be used during the vital “weighing of the heart” ceremony, the most critical moment in the soul’s journey through the Underworld. During the ceremony Osiris, the chief God of the dead, presided over the weighing of each soul’s heart against the feather of truth. If the heart was lighter then the feather, the soul was allowed to proceed into a peaceful afterlife. If the heart was heavier, the soul would be judged unworthy and utterly destroyed in the jaws of Ammit, a fierce conglomerate animal with the head of a crocodile, the front legs of a leopard, and the back legs of a hippopotamus. The Judgement of Osiris was said to be written on green feldspar. A heart scarab made of green stone, wrapped in the mummy’s bandages directly over the heart, was thus a magical talisman that could help Osiris find the heart worthy.      

Weighing of the Heart

Weighing of the Heart

Amazonite is also thought to have been one of the gemstones on the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. Two different breastplates are thought to have existed. The first one, known as the Mosaic Breastplate, is describe in Exodus. It was lost during the destruction of the First Temple in 555 BCE. Amazonite is thought to have been the third of twelve stones on the Mosaic Breastplate. The second breastplate made soon after is thought to have replaced Amazonite with emerald.

Photos: Zeevgoldman, Scarab with Hawk and Sun Disc, Weighing of the Heart

Ethically Sourced Amazonite

 

 

The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.

 

 

The Mine

This Amazonite comes from a small family-owned mine in southern Peru.  

It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Amazonite was polished in Lima, Peru.    

The business is owned by a pair of brothers, one manages the mine, while the other manages the lapidary.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona.  At that time, he was set up with a single table and the only major Gem Show he attended was in Tucson.  While most lapidaries sell their tumbled stone in pre-packaged bags by the pound or kilo, this seller allowed me to cherry pick through his stock and buy only the best.  Since then, his spot in Tucson has expanded to four tables under a tent and he now sells at two of the major European shows.  It has been fun to watch our businesses grow.     

In 2018, I asked the owner if he would be willing to help connect me with a rural school in Peru near his mine.  I told him that I wanted to “give back” to the communities that provided these beautiful crystals.  He was pleased by my request and later that year introduced me to the principle of a suitable Peruvian school.  We hope to begin supporting this school in the 2020-2021 school year.

Safe Handling of Amazonite

Amazonite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Amazonite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Peru

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Light blue, almost blue-green.  May have areas of white and/or dark brown matrix stone.  May also have a silvery shimmer
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: A
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 inch / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .4 ounce / 25 grams / 127 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Willow J. (Minnesota)

    They’re beautiful thank you so much, can’t wait to spend some time with them now!!!

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