These amazonite beads and pendants are cut from the pale, blue-green variety of this pretty semiprecious gemstone. Also known as Amazon stone, this gemstone has never actually been found in the Amazon Basin of South America. It is mined primarily in Russia, the USA (Colorado), Madagascar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Australia. Amazonite is believed to have many healing characteristics, including improving your skin, marriage, clarity of thought, and social interaction. It is also credited with alleviating muscle spasms, stress, and exhaustion. Even when polished, amazonite beads maintain a somewhat raw, natural texture that makes it even more appealing to many people.