Rock Corner - Amazonite
Amazonite is a variety of pale green to blue-green semi-opaque microcline which belongs to the feldspar group..

The stone has a mottled appearance and often a pattern of light striations, which distinguish it from certain jades that it might otherwise resemble. Although the stone itself is relatively inexpensive, fine workmanship on a carved piece will increase the value considerably. It was used as an ornamental material by the ancient Egyptians and antique pieces are also rare and collcetable, with prices far in excess of  those for modern products..

The hardness is between 6 and 6.5. Although small cystals of the material are found within many rocks only larger pieces are useful for working into beads, cabochons or carvings.

The stone was called Amazonite because the original belief was that it came from the Amazon river.
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The most important deposits today are in Australia, Brazil, Colorado U.S.A, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia and Zimbabwe.
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