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.
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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