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Medalion din argint cu amazonite(amazonite stone)
Piesa unicat
Dimensiuni: ~ 5 cm / 2,5 cm

Amazonite is also known as the Amazon Stone. It is a gem quality variety of green microcline, belonging to the feldspar group of minerals. The feldspars are a fairly homogenous group of rock-forming tectosilicates that make up nearly 60% of the Earth’s crust. Followed by the quartz group, feldspars are the most common mineral in the entire world. Despite feldspar’s abundance, there are only a few varieties of feldspars considered to be gemstone quality. The word ‘feldspar’ originated from the German words, „feld”and „spath”, which loosely translates as „rock that contains ore”.

Amazonite was named after South America’s Amazon River, which flows through Brazil. It was believed that amazonite was found there long ago, but mineralogists claim that no green deposits of feldspar exist in Brazil’s Amazon. As a result, the stones were later assumed to be nephrite jade and not actually amazonite. Amazonite and other green feldspars do naturally occur in other areas of Brazil, just not in the Amazon River.

Amazonite is a light green to light bluish-green feldspar. Amazonite’s soft and attractive color closely resembles nephrite and jadeite. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as ‘Colorado jade’ or ‘Pikes Peak jade’ because of the close resemblance. Amazonite’s appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled, green and white pattern. Amazonite also has a very faint sheen adding to its uniqueness.
Amazonite is found in only a few locations around the world. Russia’s Ilmen Mountains were thought to be the only source for many years, until recent discoveries were made in the USA (Colorado and Virginia), Australia, Madagascar and Brazil.

Amazonite Color
Amazonite colors can vary from green and yellow-green to blue-green. The color distribution is usually very mottled and irregular. Many amazonite stones may also exhibit fine white streaks. The unique color of amazonite is a result of iron impurities that give it the striking bluish-green color. Specimens with evenly distributed and saturated colors are the most desirable. Amazonite is best viewed under soft, warm daylight, such as can be seen shortly after sunrise and just before sunset.

Amazonite Clarity and Luster
Amazonite is typically opaque to translucent. It very rarely occurs in transparent form. It has a vitreous luster and a waxy shine when polished. Although it is a rare stone, amazonite is still considered a very affordable gem.

Amazonite Gemstone and Jewelry Care and Cleaning
Amazonite gemstones may require some special care, because they are known to be vulnerable to pressure and scratches. Amazonite stones can be easily cleaned using warm water and mild soap or detergent. Under extreme heat, amazonite can fade in color. Do not use any bleach or harsh chemicals when cleaning your gemstones.

Since amazonite gemstones are fairly soft, they should not be worn when participating in any strenuous physical activity, such as sports and household chores. Amazonite gemstones and jewelry should be stored separately from other jewelry to minimize fractures and scratches.