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Amazonite bead strands
Amazonite Cabochons£0.35 – £6.95
Amazonite Specimens / Rough£2.50 – £7.95
Appearance, Uses and History
Amazonite is a trade name, rather than a specific mineral – it is a variety of Microcline.
There is archaeological evidence that Amazonite has been carved and used as a gemstone for at least two thousand years, from excavations of civilisations in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Amazonite is still used as a gemstone, although it is very uncommon in mass produced jewellery. Amazonite is, however, quite prized by mineral collectors. It has good colour and often occurs with other minerals, including quartz, schorl, and smoky Quartz.
It was potentially named after the Amazon river, although no Amazonite has been found there – it could have been named after another green stone in the area, though. Alternately, it may have simply reminded the namer of the colours of the Amazon.
Amazonite is found in a few countries worldwide including Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, and the USA.
Photos of Amazonite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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