How to tell if Amazonite is real? 4 key indicators

Amazonite is a stunning bluish-green mineral and it is a variety of the felspar mineral group. 

This stone exhibits a lustrous reflection which gives it a distinguished bright and shiny appearance. 

Amazonite generates profound harmonious vibrations that allow you to feel calmer and balanced. The energy transmitted by Amazonite radiates empowering sensations that promote self-confidence and self-love. 

So, to get in touch with all these soothing attributes, you obviously need to get in touch and create a deep energy bond with a real Amazonite crystal.

Real Amazonite displays a vitreous radiance, meaning that the touch and the look of the stone must be smooth with a slick and bright finish. Plus, real Amazonite is hard enough to not be scratched by a fingernail or a copper penny. 

How to tell if Amazonite is real

So, do you think about acquiring an Amazonite stone? (or you already have one) and you want to know how to tell if Amazonite is real? then this article is definitely created for you!

Find in this post a detailed and simple guide with crucial telling clues that will lead you to recognize genuine Amazonite stones from artificial ones.

How to tell if Amazonite is real? here are 4 indicators to be aware of 

1. Look closely at the stone’s surface

How to tell if Amazonite is real

Contemplating the Amazonite surface and general appearance can eventually lead you to assume if it is a real stone or not. 

Genuine Amazonite crystals showcase a distinctly smooth surface with a vitreous luster that gives the stone a bright and shiny aspect. 

So, if you pinpoint that the stone is dimmed, meaning that it doesn’t have any sign of luster or light reflection and it is in fact totally opaque with no brilliance, it may be a strong sign that the stone is not genuine. 

How to tell if Amazonite is real

Plus, the raw version of Amazonite is displayed just like layered frozen plates, plus it has white striations that vary in intensity, for instance, we may find that the striations are quite apparent in some Amazonite specimens whereas in other minerals, the white lines are quite faded.    

Furthermore, when you shine a source of light, a lamp for example, underneath a raw Amazonite you will notice the color of the stone lit up and exhibits a vivid green or blue color. 

2. Know the shades of the Amazonite stone

Having an idea about the true color of Amazonite is quite essential to determine whether or not the stone is real.

The color palette of Amazonite varies between green and blue shades.

The glowy aspect of this stone showcases a harmonious mixture of a unique bluish-green hue. 

One very important thing to also keep an eye on is the color intensity, as well as, the color distribution. 

For instance, if you remark that the tones of the Amazonite are beyond saturated, for example, you notice that the color is displayed as a very rich and saturated blue or green with no impurities (white lines inclusions), and the color intensity is the same on all over the crystal surface, then there is a high chance that the stone is actually dyed and fake.

The color distribution in genuine Amazonite is simply “imperfect”, let me give you an idea of what do I mean by imperfect.

The color of real Amazonite is spread in a natural and organic way, meaning that in one area of the stone we may find the color is rich (a vivid blue/green hues), and in another area, we notice that the color fades a little bit (white discolored spots here and there).

Plus, in the same group of real Amazonite stones, we can definitely discern that the stones vary in color intensity (see the picture above), some stones have more saturated colors and other stones are less saturated.

On the other side, if we notice that a group of Amazonite is strictly equal in color intensity and distribution, a “copy, and paste” kind of color pattern, then they may highly be artificially made of tinted glass that is marketed as Amazonite. 

3. The durability of the stone is key 

So, how to tell if Amazonite is real based on the durability/hardness of its structure.

According to Mohs scale of hardness, Amazonite scores between 6 and 6,5. 

So if we look at the hardness chart, we assume that Amazonite can not be scratched by using a fingernail or a copper penny. 

If you are not sure about the authenticity of your Amazonite stone you can do a simple scratch test, and if you find that there are visible scratches on the surface of the stone after using your fingernail or a copper penny, then there is a high chance that the stone is not genuine. 

Important side note

This method is only applicable if you purchase multiple Amazonite stones from one retailer, so taking one specimen as a test sample is totally fine. 

However, if you purchase a single Amazonite stone, doing a scratch could be risky, so it is best to look for the indicators that I listed above rather than exposing your stone to potential damage. 

4. Know the authenticity and the expertise of the retailer/online store

Always keep in mind to be notified about the reliability of the place you are purchasing from, as it can be an important sign on how to tell if Amazonite is real or not.

If you want to purchase an Amazonite crystal online: reading reviews, looking at the stars rating, and having an analytical look at the online store:

For instance, the depth of the information that they are providing for each stone, the given reviews… all these indicators represent a clear vision of the true authenticity of the online store. 

Nevertheless, if you want to buy an Amazonite physically, knowing your retailer is a high necessity. 

A well-experienced retailer will have an idea about the questions that you may have about a certain crystal, and they will provide for you all the evidence that confirms the authenticity of your purchased stone. 

So, before buying Amazonite you can ask your retailer for documents that prove where they obtained their Amazonite stones. 

The answer to this question can be a deciding factor of whether or not you should buy the stone. 

If the retailer knows nothing about the origin nor the basic information about it, it is then an indicating sign to turn down your anticipated purchase.  

An authentic retailer will naturally explain to you their process of purchasing their stones, provides for you information about their suppliers, and will naturally show genuine revealing signs of expertise. 

Final thoughts

Real Amazonite is identified by its vitreous luster and smooth appearance and by unique bluish-green shades. Color-wise, the tones of a genuine Amazonite look unevenly distributed and not extra saturated. Plus, if we look closely at the surface of the stone we notice fine white stratifications. 

On the other hand, a fake or imitated Amazonite can be scratched by a fingernail or a copper penny, plus the colors look unnaturally saturated and perfectly distributed all over the stone with no irregularities.

Further reading

Do you own Black Onyx, Sodalite, or Aventurine stones, and you are curious to know if they are authentic? then these 3 detailed guides are surely for you. 

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