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Amazonite

Consumer Information

What color is it?
: Blue/Green as shown above

What is the story behind this gemstone?
: A member of the feldspar family that makes nice looking cabochon gemstones and beads.

Can I wear it everyday?: Yes, very long wearing.

Is it expensive?: No.

Is it a birthstone?: No.

What do I need to know before going shopping?: You will not see amazonite very often in the current market. It makes some very pleasing jewelry items but is kind of hard to find.


General Information


Source: USA, Brazil and oth ers

Chemical: K(AlSi3O8) potassium feldspar

Formation: Igneous rocks

Crystal System: Triclinic

Unusual Properties: None.


Gemological Information

RI: 1.522 - 1.530

Birefringence: .008

Optic Character: B- (rarely, if ever, crystalline)

Specific Gravity: 2.57 + -

Hardness: 6 1/2

Transparency: Opaque

Special Identifying Properties and Tests: None

Synthetics: None

Imitations: Occasionally confused with jade.

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