Amazonite, also called Amazon Jade, is a semi-opaque, green to blue-green variety of microcline feldspar that is often streaked with white. Its colour was once thought to be caused by copper compounds; however more recent studies suggest that the blue-green colour is the result of small quantities of lead and water.
It is named after the Amazon River in Brazil, from which certain green stones were formerly obtained, but it is doubtful whether Amazonite occurs in the Amazon basin. In fact fine quality Amazonite has been mistaken for Jade. It is relatively soft at 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale.
Amazonite can look back through a long history as a powerful healing and prosperity talisman. From early Egyptian times it has been used in beading and worn as jewellery and well known in India, Egypt, Sudan and Mesopotamia as a holy stone and a popular amulet against a wide range of diseases. It has also been cut into tablets; part of the Egyptian Book of the Dead was engraved on Amazonite, and used as decorative material for building facades. An Amazonite scarab ring was found among Tutankhamen’s treasures. Said to be the third stone in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest.
Amazonite was also worn as jewellery in pre-Columbian South and Central America, and was used medicinally to heal wounds and illnesses of all kinds. It was rumoured to have adorned the shields of the formidable Amazonian tribe of female warriors said to have lived during the Bronze Age. The conquistadors prized it for adornment and its ability to be carved into religious objects.
Amazonite is recognised as a Stone of Prosperity and believed to attract money to financial and business ventures. As a good luck stone it helps you to be in the right place at the right time for new opportunities. It dispels negative energy and aggravation, and protects against unfair practices and being taken advantage of.
Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers honest self searching to discover and live in alignment your own truth, beliefs and values and to move beyond the fear of judgement or confrontation. It provides the freedom and self-discipline to express your thoughts and feelings and to set clear boundaries.
Amazonite has a powerful filtering action that blocks geopathic stress. It protects against electromagnetic pollution and absorbs microwaves.
Amazonite is an exceedingly soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. It has a powerful energy that provides harmony and balance to both masculine and feminine energies. It allows you to see both sides of a problem, or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating fear and worry. Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love, and has been credited with overcoming loneliness and making married life happier. It is often used to stimulate the powers of clairvoyance. It is also said to assist with making a peaceful transition out of this life.
It aids in cell regeneration and healing after illness, trauma or injury, and relieves muscle spasms. Dissipates negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system, as well as issues with the throat and thyroid gland. Prevents infection, soothes rashes, and relieves the pain of rheumatism, gout and osteoarthritis.
An elixir of Amazonite is believed to rectify and prevent calcium deficiency, tooth decay, osteoporosis, hair loss and to repair brittle hair and nails. It is also beneficial in clearing up acne.