Locality - Madagascar
Size – 80 x 46 x 40mm
Weight – 201g
This Madagascan amazonite freeform features lovely teal blue colour with stripy white line patterns and has a gorgeously shiny surface. There is a slight indent at the base, but this isn't particularly noticeable on display. It has been expertly shaped to an elegant, rounded freeform, polished to a high lustre and cut to stand, and due to its small size makes an ideal display piece for a desk.
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).