Saturday, September 18, 2010
Amazonite, a semi-opaque blue/green stone with occasional iridescent luster or schiller and white inclusions, is a variety of microline feldspar with a Mohs scale rating of 6-6.5 and is named after the Amazon River.
There is a Brazilian legend that tells of warrior women, the Amazons, who gave green stones to their male visitors that is thought to have been amzonite but was more likely jade. Interestingly, although it is named for the Amazon River and has a place in the river's lore amazonite is not found there. It is mainly found in the United States and Australia but can also be found in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, and Namibia.
Amazonite is sometimes referred to as the "Hope Stone", is said to bring luck and is associated with the zodiac sign Virgo.
It is also said to pacify and soothe, enhance creativity, promote kindness, dispel negative feelings, give physical strength, improve self confidence and self expression and balance male and female energies. The deeper the color of the stone the more power it will have in respect to these metaphysical properties.