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12mm Amazonite

12mm Amazonite

$16.00Price

Beautiful Mixed Tone Amazonite in hues of pale blue to earthy brown. Some beads may have unique druzy pits. This is not considered a defect.

 

Approx 30-32 beads per pack/strand.

  • Due to the distinctive characteristics of cut gemstones and the diverse range of manufacturers worldwide, slight variations in size may occur. These variations could also affect the number of beads per strand. The approximations of bead sizes and counts are based on estimated quantities and actual counts of random samples from our inventory to verify their sizes and quantities. While the number of beads you receive may differ from the approximate quantity specified, it should still fall within the expected range.

     

    Images are representative of what you will receive and are not pictures of the specific item you are ordering. Please expect variation and contact us if you have any questions!

  • Chemical Composition: Amazonite is a variety of microcline, which is a type of potassium feldspar. Its chemical formula is KAlSi3O8, indicating that it consists of potassium (K), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), and oxygen (O).

    Crystal System: Amazonite crystallizes in the triclinic crystal system. This means that its crystals have three unequal axes and angles that are not right angles.

    Color: The distinctive color of Amazonite ranges from light green to bluish-green, often with white streaks or marbling. The green color is primarily due to the presence of lead impurities.

    Hardness: On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, Amazonite scores a 6 to 6.5. This indicates that it has moderate hardness, making it suitable for various types of jewelry but still requiring some care to prevent scratching.

    Luster: Amazonite exhibits a vitreous to slightly pearly luster when polished. This contributes to its attractive appearance when used in jewelry.

    Transparency: Amazonite is typically translucent to opaque, allowing some light to pass through but not completely transparent.

    Occurrence: Amazonite is found in various locations around the world, including Russia, Brazil, the United States, Madagascar, and Canada. The name "Amazonite" is derived from the Amazon River but there is no significant source of this gemstone in the Amazon basin.

    Geological Formation: Amazonite is often associated with granite rocks and is formed through a combination of pegmatitic processes, which involve the cooling of magma in the Earth's crust.

    In summary, Amazonite is a captivating gemstone with distinct green to bluish-green hues, created through the interplay of potassium feldspar minerals and various impurities. Its unique coloration and moderate hardness make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items.

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