Amazonite stone takes its name from the Amazon River where it was discovered. This green stone was honoured by Amazonian warriors and symbolises courage. However, some studies refute this analysis as it is likely that amazonite never existed in this river and it was simply a confusion with another mineral.
Its uses have been well-known since ancient times. Indeed, Amazonite stone was discovered during Antiquity in Egypt, India, Mesopotamia and Sudan. In Egypt, amazonite was used in jewellery (as evidenced by the scarab ring found in the tomb of Tutankhamun) and for its virtues. Part of the Egyptian Book of the Dead was engraved on amazonite plaques. In Mesopotamia, amazonite became equally symbolic as it was dedicated to the goddess of the salt sea: Tiamat, the symbol of the chaos of primordial creation. According to the Babylonians, Tiamat was at the origin of everything including other gods, owing to her union with the god of freshwater, Abzû. The Greeks embellished their shields with amazonite for protection as the Amazonian warriors did. Navajo Indians associated this stone with Estsanatlehi, the goddess responsible for humanities’ creation.
Today, amazonite stone is primarily used for its virtues but also in jewellery (as the Egyptians used it) for the crafting of rings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces.
Amazonite stone belongs to the feldspars group and is of the microcline variety. It shares the same chemical formula (KAISi3O8) as orthoclase. It’s worth noting that microcline belongs to the triclinic crystalline system and is a low temperature polymorph. As for amazonite, its texture is perlitic. Its green colour is due to its small amount of water and lead.
Ornamentally, amazonite stone can be green, green-blue, blue-green, and either opaque or translucent. This stone is very sensitive to pressure. Until recently, researchers long believed that its colour was due to its copper content. However, recent studies have confirmed the lead and water hypothesis mentioned previously.
Amazonite has several deposits, the most well-known of which are in South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Ethiopia, Finland, India and Russia.
Psychologically, amazonite stone is particularly similar to turquoise stone, its primary virtue being compassion. When applied to the heart chakra, amazonite grants you compassion towards loved ones. It offers the reception of sincere and reciprocal feelings, providing the wearer sensations of happiness. Amazonite calms, especially when it comes to feelings of frustration. It helps to reinforce feminine behaviour, while soothing the spirits. If it is applied to the throat chakra, amazonite grants softness and sincerity in romantic interactions. It is the perfect stone for the direct and sincere expression of compassion.
Spiritually, amazonite stone promotes serenity and wellness, setting aside all forms of negative thoughts.
Physically, amazonite stone helps you to overcome depression, and it equally allows you to regulate sexual deficiencies and emotions. Amazonite strengthens the immune system and helps to relieve problems associated with cholesterol, triglycerides, hepatitis and the kidneys. This stone is strongly recommended for problems related to the lymphatic and respiratory systems. It can reduce stiffness in instances of arthrosis, and arthritis and provides cramp relief.
Amazonite is suitable for absorbing microwaves, electromagnetic waves and electrostatic waves. It aids in the absorption of calcium and is of great help to combat osteoporosis and cavities. This stone reduces hair loss and assists in its reparation. Amazonite stone is used for the treatment of disorders related to sexuality, including vaginitis, loss of libido, priapism, obsession or even impotence. It helps to calm skin infections, and limits blisters and acne if it is gently passed over the skin.