What is Amazonite?
Amazonite is the name for a green to bluish green to greenish blue gem that is made into cabochons, beads, and tumbled stones. It was first named “Amazon stone”, after the Amazon River - although there are no known occurrences near that river.
Amazonite has been used as a gem for over 2000 years. It has been found in archaeological excavations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (present day Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey).
Amazonite is found in small deposits in several parts of the world (United States, Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden).
Well-formed crystals of amazonite are often found in underground places where mineral crystals can grow without obstructions.