Amazonite, a variety of the microcline series of the feldspar group, gets its name from the Amazon River. A gridlike structure visable in amazonite gives the stone a faint sheen and makes it easily identifiable. Amazonite is always cut en cabochon or polished as beads, never faceted.


Amazonite in Albite Specimen. Photo: Rob Lavinsky,


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