Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Amazonite

("Silvia" by Handmaden Designs)

Amazonite is a gorgeous stone.  It's a bluish-green stone and is a type of Feldspar.  It has sometimes been referred to as "Pikes Peak jade" although it has not relation to jade.  Although it is named after the Amazon river, no Amazonite has ever been found there, so it's name is likely based simply on its colour. It's a fairly soft stone, only a 6-6.5 in hardness, and so is easy carved.  It should never be heated as it may crack and possibly lose colour. 

Informational Sources:

Newman GG, Renee. Gemstone Buying Guide. Los Angeles: International Jewelry Publications, 2005
"Amazonite Info." 21 July 2008.

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