Amazonite jewelry handmade by Texas artisan jeweler, Kathy Bankston.
Amazonite is a translucent to opaque feldspar gemstone with a pretty green color. It is the greenish variety of the mineral Microcline. Amazonite is named after the Amazon River of South America. There are no Amazonite deposits that exist in the Amazon region, so presumably this stone is named to its resemblance in color to the green of the tropical rainforest.
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 gemstones may require some special care, as they are 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. Do not use any bleach or harsh chemicals when cleaning your gemstones.
Protect your Amazonite jewelry by removing it during strenuous activity.