Crystal of the Day for November 17th is

Crystal of the Day

Amazonite was named for the Amazon river.

Hardness: 6 to 6.5                          
Specific Gravity: 2.56-2.57                                  
Chemistry: KAlSi3O8                                         
Class: tektosilicate                             
Crystallography: conchoidal
Cleavage: characteristic cleavages are perfect and distinct intersecting at approximately ninety degrees 
Fracture: conchoidal                                   
Streak: none                                 
Luster: vitreous

Amazonite is the birthstone for the month of December

Healings: Amazonite is said to alleviate muscle spasms and to help normalize calcium levels in the body. It is used to calm ones nerves. Often used as an elixir. An elixir taken 3 times a day is said to reduce calcium deficiency. It is also used for nervous system disorders.

Workings: Amazonite is used in reverse- negativity spells. It enhances creative expression and enhances self worth.  It is called the “Hope stone” because it inspires confidence and hope.
Amazonite is associated with the astrological sign of Virgo and vibrates to the number 5.

Chakra Applications: Amazonite is used with the Heart and Throat Chakras in order to enhance ones communication in regards to love situations. Amazonite aligns the astral bodies and is used to dissolve energy blockages.

Foot Notes: Amazonite is most easily recognized by its color, cleavage, and occurrence. 
It is said to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest.
Amazonite is the rare green variety of microcline, which is the low temperature pure potassium end member of the alkali feldspar group. Amazonite is found in the United States (notably in Amelia Courthouse, Virginia), Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, and Namibia.
Author: Crick