Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miass in the Ilmen mountains, 50 miles southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granitic rocks. More recently, high-quality crystals have been obtained from Pike's Peak, Colorado, where it is found associated with smoky quartz, orthoclase, and albite in a coarse granite or pegmatite. Crystal Peak, Teller County, Colorado is a well-known locality for crystals of amazonite. Some other localities in the United States yield amazonite, and it is also found in pegmatite in Madagascar.
For many years, the source of amazonite's color was a mystery. Naturally, many people assumed the color was due to copper because copper compounds often have blue and green colors. More recent studies suggest that the blue-green color results from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar. (Hoffmeister and Rossman, 1985)
See also: List of minerals
Amazonite and associated minerals from the Pikes Peak region, Park and Teller counties, Colorado.(Brief article)
May 01, 2008; Localities near the towns of Lake George and Florissant in Park and Teller counties, part of the Pikes Peak region in central...
The petrogenesis of amazonite-bearing pegmatites in the Georgeville area, Nova Scotia. (Atlantic Universities Geological Conference 2000).
Jul 01, 2000; A series of pegmatite pods and subvertical dykes occur within, and proximal to, the (580 [+ or -] 2.2 Ma) Georgeville pluton,...