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Amazonite

Amazonite

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    Amazonite is a green variety of microline (sometimes applied to Orthoclase) feldspar and recent studies suggest that the blue-green colour comes from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar.

    This specimen was purchased from Crystal Castle located in northern NSW near Byron Bay.

    Specimen Details

    Chemical Formula: KAISi3O8

    ID #: JG0023

    Colour: Green, blue-green

    Hardness: 6 – 6.5

    Acquisition Date: 05/04/2015

    Crystal System: Triclinic

    Lustre: Vitreous

    Dimensions: 24mm x 22mm x 40mm

    Weight: 43g

    Location: The origin of this specimen is unknown, possible locations in Australia could include Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales or Central Desert Region, Harts Range in the Northern Territory. Other notable locations where Amazonite is found around the world include Pikes Peak, El Paso Co. – Colorado USA and Russia.

    Rarity of Mineral

    Rare

    Did you know!?
    There are no Amazonite deposits that exist in the Amazon region, it is presumed this mineral is named to its resemblance in colour to the green of the tropical rainforest.