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.

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