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Strands of Amazonite Gemstone Beads

Amazonite, also known as Amazonstone and by the misnomers "Amazon Jade" and "Colorado Jade", is a blue-green semiprecious gemstone variety of microcline feldspar, a potassium aluminum silicate in the triclinic crystal system. Microcline is a common feldspar in slowly cooled igneous rocks formed at depth such as granite, granodiorite and syenite. Microcline occurs in granite pegmatites and hydrothermal veins and is also found in some metamorphic rocks including schists and gneisses.

Amazonite is reputedly named after the Amazon River, or in some legendary accounts after Amazonian women warriors who gave green stones as gifts. While it is questionable if amazonite actually occurs on the Amazon River, it is known from Minas Gerais in the Brazilian interior. Amazonite occurs widely with other localities including Australia, Canada, China, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, the United States (most notably the Pikes Peak district in Colorado), Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The use of amazonite as a gemstone has a long history dating back to ornamental objects carved in ancient Egypt.

Amazonite is most commonly presented in jewelry as cabochons and beads. Amazonite has intermediate hardness (6-6.5 Mhos hardness) and should be stored apart from harder gems that can scratch it. Clean amazonite stones using warm water, mild soap and a cloth or soft brush. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner and keep amazonite out of contact with heat, acids, ammonia and other chemical cleaners.


BeadStrand10 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 10mm Square - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 3 Strands Available
BeadStrand10 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 10mm Square Approximate Size: 10mm long x 10mm wide x 5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 16 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 16 grams.

Natural amazonite diagonally drilled squares with pleasing translucent pastel blue-green color.


BeadStrand8 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 8mm Round - $3.65 RESERVED
Limited Stock: 0 Strands Available
BeadStrand8 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 8mm Round Approximate Size: 8mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 25 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 18 grams.

Natural amazonite rounds with pleasing translucent pastel blue-green color.


BeadStrand9 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle - $3.65 RESERVED
Limited Stock: 0 Strands Available
BeadStrand9 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle Approximate Size: 8mm diameter x 5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 40 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 22 grams.

Natural amazonite rondelles with pleasing translucent pastel blue-green color.


BeadStrand132 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 14mm Rice - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 3 Strands Available
BeadStrand132 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 14mm Rice Approximate Size: 14mm long x 7mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 14 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 14 grams.

Natural amazonite rice shape beads with pleasing translucent pastel blue-green color.


BeadStrand133 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 10mm Coin - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 1 Strand Available
BeadStrand133 - Amazonite Gemstone Beads 10mm Coin Approximate Size: 10mm diameter x 5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 19 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 15 grams.

Natural amazonite coins with pleasing translucent pastel blue-green color

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