Madagascan Amazonite Freeform Palm Stone - 64mm, 190g
Locality - Madagascar Size – 65 x 54 x 41mm Weight – 200g
This Madagascan amazonite freeform features pleasant teal blue colour streaky white line patterns, cola smoky quartz inclusions, a jet black tourmaline 'scar' inclusion through its side and a beautifully shimmering surface. It is a hefty piece weighing in at 200g and has been expertly shaped to a smooth freeform and polished to a high lustre, ideal for holding as a palm-filling stone or as an attractive display piece.
Amazonite, also known as 'amazonstone', is a translucent to opaque layered form of microcline feldspar popular with gemstone enthusiasts for its teal blue and sea green colours, which are caused by minute traces of lead and water in the crystal structure. Many specimens show white lines and alternating streaks, and some display an impressive, shimmering schiller effect on their surface in a similar fashion to labradorite. It was named after the Amazon River in South America by Spanish explorers, though rather confusingly was never discovered there, instead having been misidentified for a green stone previously found in the Amazon basin. Amazonite has frequently been mistaken for jade, however, jade does not have white streak patterns and is glossier. This mineral is found in limited deposits worldwide, although noteworthy localities of amazonite are Russia, Myanmar, India, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Brazil, and the United States (Colorado and Virginia).