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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It is named after the Amazon River in Brazil but has never been found or mined from that area. It is believed to be named after the river due to the beautiful green shades of stone that the gem is cut from which resemble the shades found in the rainforest that runs along the Amazon River. On the Mohs scale it comes in at a hardness of 6 to 6.5, which is a bit soft and makes it vulnerable to scratches or pitting when not properly handled or stored.
Cleaning Amazonite Jewelry: You will want to mix 2-3 drops of a mild liquid dish soap with 1/2 cup warm (not hot) tap water and use this solution with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to clean your jewelry pieces. Always towel dry with a clean, soft, lint-free dry cloth. Do not use ultra-sonic jewelry cleaner or chemical jewelry cleaners to clean your Amazonite jewelry pieces as these will damage the stones.
You never want to wear your Amazonite jewelry while bathing, swimming, showering or washing your hands as water will damage the stones. In addition, put your jewelry on after you have finished dressing as bath products, body products, perfume and hair products will damage the stones and the metal to which they have been set in.
Take care when storing this jewelry and all of your precious pieces so they do not lie on top of other jewelry items and scratch or mar the jewelry. With good care, you can enjoy wearing your beautiful and unique Amazonite for a long time.