Amazonite is mineral known for its blue-green colors and soft sheen. Landing at a 6-6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, this crystal is fairly sturdy and has been mentioned directly in literature as early as in the 18th century. Amazonite can be found in many locals, with the main deposits being in China, South Africa, and Colorado.
The color of Amazonite can vary from a pale green, to deeper greens with white streaks, to a gel-like blue. This stone gets its color from the presence of a mixture of water and lead in the feldspar material.
Amazonite is associated with the signs Aries and Leo, and is water safe so long as it is not submerged for an extended period of time. This stone is said to represent good fortune and luck.
The best way to test if your stone is real (other than buying from a trusted seller and general education over time) is with the scratch test. Amazonite falls at a 6-6.5 in terms of hardness, meaning that you should NOT be able to scratch your stone with your nail or even a copper penny. Amazonite SHOULD be able to be scratched by Quartz, or a heavy duty steel kitchen knife.