Jewelry Glossary A
Amazonite is a natural stone.
Amazonite is an opaque aqua color green feldspar getting its name from the Amazon River.
Amazonite ranges in color from light green to greenish blue to deep blue.
Amazonite is found in the United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil, India, Mozambique, Namibia, Austria, and Norway.
Amazonite is sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, heat, acids, and ammonia. Do Not use a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic cleaners. Use a soft cloth with mild soap and room temperature tap water to carefully preserve the natural luster of the gemstone.
Amazonite heals and opens both the heart and throat. The stone dissipates negative energy and blockages within the nervous system. A major property is the protection it affords from the health hazards of microwaves and other sources of electromagnetic energy.
Amazonite is composed of potassium aluminum silicate. Its color is related to lead impurities, and the stone may have cloudy white streaks or patches. Amazonite's color may sometimes cause it to be confused with Turquoise or Jade. Its Moh's hardness rating of 6 to 61/2 makes it suitable for beads and a focal stone in quality jewelry.
Amber (pronounced am-bur) is a fossilized tree sap (resin) usually heat treated to bring out the color.
Amber is a golden yellow to red in color.
Amber is found Great Britain, Poland, Italy, Romania, Germany, Myanmar and Dominica.
Amber is very sensitive and must be cared for in a delicate and gentle manner. It may be easily scratched and is sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, acids, alcohol and perfume. It is also flammable and can be ignited with a direct flame. Do Not use steamers, hot water or ultrasonic cleaners as they will damage this gem. Clean amber with mild soap, room temperature tap water and a soft cloth.
Amber is a powerful cleanser and healer. It imbues the body with vitality and has the power to draw out disease. It absorbs pain and negative energy out of the body allowing the body to heal itself. Amber relieves stress. It is said to also treat throat, goiters and other throat problems as well as stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver and gallbladder ailments.
Amber is fossilized tree sap resin. Its colors range from light yellow to brown or red. It is nearly colorless, or may be mostly white, blue black or shades of green. It has a Moh's rating of 2-2 1/2, indicating a stone more easily scratched on the Moh's scale of 1-10.
Amethyst (pronounced am-eh-thist) is a natural stone. Amethyst crystals grow inside of agate geodes.
Amethyst is a medium to deep purple color and even lavender with excellent clarity.
Amethyst is found in United States, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, East Africa, Siberia and India.
This stone is fairly hard and durable and may be cleaned using a steamer or ultrasonic cleaner.
Amethyst boosts production of hormones and tunes the endocrine system and metabolism. It strengthens the cleansing and eliminating organs and immune system. An excellent cleanser for the blood. Amethyst relieves physical, emotional and psychological pain and stress. The stone reduces bruising, and swelling, and treats hearing disorders.
Amethyst is Crystalline Quartz. Manganese and Iron cause it's color to be purple, violet or red-violet in color. The Moh's rating is 7, making this a fairly hard stone well-suited for use in jewelry.