Amazonite: A Jewel from the Ancient World to Modern Times

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Amazonite: A Jewel from the Ancient World to Modern Times

Amazonite, with its captivating turquoise-green hue, is not only a visual treat but is also deeply entrenched in history and lore. Let’s delve into this gem's mystique, its properties, uses, and its history.

What is Amazonite?

Amazonite, often referred to as the 'Amazon Stone', is a green variety of microcline feldspar. Its name was derived from the Amazon River, although there are no known Amazonite deposits near this river. The stone’s vibrant green colour is believed to be due to trace amounts of lead and water.

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Properties of Amazonite

Physical Properties:

Colour: Ranges from pale green to turquoise green. Some may have white streaks.

Lustre: Vitreous.

Hardness: It has a Mohs hardness of 6 to 6.5, making it moderately hard.

Cleavage: Perfect in one direction, making it essential to be careful when cutting or shaping.

Transparency: Opaque to translucent.

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Metaphysical Properties:

Many believe that Amazonite possesses several healing and spiritual properties:

Harmony and Balance: It’s thought to soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

Communication: Enhances compassionate and clear communication.

Protective: Historically, it was used as an amulet for protection against negative energies.

Uses of Amazonite

Jewellery: Its aesthetic appeal makes Amazonite a popular choice for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Ornamental: Beyond jewellery, it's also used for making figurines, tiles, and other decorative items.

Spiritual & Healing: Owing to its perceived metaphysical properties, many use Amazonite in meditation, reiki, and chakra balancing practices.

Collectors’ Gem: Due to its unique colour and characteristics, it is also sought after by gemstone collectors.

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History of Amazonite

The allure of Amazonite is timeless. Its history traces back to ancient civilisations:

Ancient Egypt:

Amazonite was revered by the ancient Egyptians. The famous gold ring of King Tutankhamun was set with this gem. The stone was also carved into amulets and used in the Book of the Dead, which was buried with Egyptian pharaohs.

Mesopotamia & India:

Historical records suggest its use in these regions, either as ornamental stones or as a part of religious and ritualistic ceremonies.

The Middle Ages:

It was believed to counteract bad luck and ill fate.

The British Connection

While not native to the British Isles, Amazonite found its way to Britain through trade. The British, with their vast empire and trade networks, were exposed to a myriad of gemstones, including Amazonite. British jewellers, especially during the Victorian era, incorporated Amazonite into various jewellery designs, blending traditional aesthetics with the exotic appeal of the gem.

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Amazonite, with its mesmerising hue, has captured human imagination for millennia. From the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs to the jewellery boxes of modern-day enthusiasts, it remains a testament to nature’s ability to craft unparalleled beauty. Whether you appreciate it for its appearance, its metaphysical properties, or its historical significance, Amazonite is undeniably a gemstone that bridges the ancient and modern worlds.

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We hope you have enjoyed learning about this beautiful gemstone!

Until next time jewellery makers, -JM

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