Chemical Composition and Formation Process

Amazonite is a green variety of microcline feldspar, which is a potassium aluminum silicate with the formula KAlSi3O8. This mineral forms in igneous rocks like granite and pegmatite. Its distinctive green color comes from trace amounts of lead and water within the crystal structure. The presence of divalent iron and other trace elements can further influence colouration.

Names and Alternative Names

The name is derived from the Amazon River, although no deposits have been found there. Alternative names include “Amazon Stone,” referencing its historical association with the Amazon River and the mythical warrior women, the Amazons.

Mythology and Legends

Ancient Egyptians used Amazonite used extensively in jewelry and amulets, and had to have been one of the stones in the breastplate of the High Priest. Central and South American Amazon Warriors used this powerful stone for adornment and protection. Russian folk also used to referred to it as “the stone of hope” and it associated with luck and fortune.

Electric Cosmology

Amazonite is an EMF crystal. While it doesn’t generate a magnetic field, it helps dispel electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from sources like cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, and other electronic devices. Amazonite assists in neutralizing negative energy, making it a popular choice for those concerned about EMF exposure.

Mining, Production and Use

Historically, amazonite was mined in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and used in jewelry, amulets, and various decorative objects.

Today, significant sources include Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia, and the United States (notably Colorado and Virginia). Modern mining methods involve extracting amazonite from granite and pegmatite deposits. The rough stones are then cut and polished into beads and other jewelry pieces.

Amazonite is also popular for decorative carvings and inlays.