A Writers Guide to Amazonite

Amazonite

Amazonite

Amazonite, also called Amazon stone, is a rare variety of microcline feldspar. It’s found in various shades of green to blue green.

The source of amazonite’s color remained a mystery for a long time. People assumed it came from copper due to copper compounds often producing blue and green colors in rocks. Recent studies suggest that the blue-green color comes from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar.

Amazonite is named after Brazil’s Amazon River, where it was “first found.” Mineralogists believe the stone could never have been found there, as green deposits of feldspar do not exist in the Amazon. That first stone is thought be have been nephrite jade. It more than likely has a similar story to other “old” stones in that they looked alike so they were called by the same name.

History and Lore

  • Amazonite has been used in jewelry since early Mesopotamia.
  • In India, Egypt, Sudan, and Mesopotamia, it was used in amulets and decorative material for building facades.
  • It was carved and cut into tablets for the Egyptian funerary text, Book of the Dead.
  • An Amazonite scarab ring was found among Tutankhamun’s treasures.
  • Amazonite is in pre-Columbian South and Central American jewelry.
  • It was believed that the mythic Amazon warriors placed the stones on their shields.
  • Shamans and medicine men from many cultures used it as a healing stone.
  • It’s a popular stone with fortune-tellers (as it aids in clairvoyance).
  • It’s known as the Hope Stone, the Stone of Courage, and the Stone of Truth.
  • In Egypt, it was considered a holy stone.
Cut Amazonite

Cut Amazonite

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • balancing physical strength and stamina
  • balancing masculine and feminine energy
  • aiding in healing
  • aiding in physical and mental trauma
  • relieving muscle spasms
  • relieving depression and anxiety
  • calming nerves and the nervous system
  • calming the mind
  • enhancing communication
  • promoting joy and happiness
  • blocking geopathic stress (distorted and harmful Earth vibrations)
  • stimulating artistic ability
  • stimulating clairvoyance
  • attracting luck and good fortune
  • dispelling negative energy
  • alleviating worry
  • improving psychic visions

Discharging & Recharging

Discharge amazonite once a week by holding it under warm running water. To recharge it, set the stone in sunlight for one hour. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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18 Comments

  1. Hi Holly – what a thorough write up on a beautiful stone – love the colours …cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/t-is-for-turkey.html

  2. I'm assuming the lead in it isn't harmful.

    1. Great question (though not a question it got me questioning)! I looked it up and found this: Dr. Gene Foord of the Geological Survey believes it's only trace amounts of lead, and that is very tightly bound and cannot be extracted by putting it in water, or even long immersion in strong acids.

  3. Seeing this makes me think of the head of Medusa that's in the cistern under Istanbul. It has the same color, but not sure it's carved from the same stone.

  4. A ring or bracelet made out of amazonite would be beautiful as well as healing. I wear an amber bracelet and find it calming and healing as well.

  5. It looks like this is a stone I could use in my life.

    With one of my characters being a witchdoctor, I should probably pay closer attention to all of the stones and herbs and use actual fabled remedies rather than making up my own. Hmmmm…

    1. That's pretty much why I started researching stones.

  6. Such a beautiful stone with a fascinating history. I'd wear it in jewelry.

  7. To my knowledge, ancient texts were written on papyrus, e.g. Dead Sea Scrolls. So I'm trying to work out how on earth was this Amazonite used to make The Book Of The Dead? A few years back there was something about metal books found in a cave in Jordan, dating from the first century AD…so maybe this explains the Amazonite?
    Or am I missing something?

    1. It [the text] was carved on tomb walls and monuments. There’s a cool image over on Wikipedia that shows part of the text carved on stone.

  8. Love those colors! Thanks for the info about this stone. I had no idea.

  9. I like the color. I guess the Egyptians called the stone by a different name and I guess it was found on the African continent as well.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

  10. It's a stunning color. I should get some for my creativity and to alleviate my worries.

  11. I deeply believe in geopathic stress, what else works against it? I've noticed that when I push my bed just a bit I cannot sleep and have to return it to exact same old place, we're talking even inches or smaller.

    1. I believe that too. It's interesting how a little change can make a difference. That might be something for people who are having trouble sleeping to try, shift the location of the bed.

  12. I really like the green color. I don't think I'll be "re-charging" any stones any time soon. lol Have a great weekend!

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