A Unique Combination Of Amethyst & Citrine
Ametrine is the best of both worlds since it features sunny citrine and purple amethyst within the same bi-colored crystal of the mineral quartz.
These two varieties of quartz are each colored by the element iron, and the amount of heat during growth determines whether a gem will be amethyst or citrine.
In this case, we get both, since one mineral crystal was exposed to heat variation during its formation.
Ametrine is truly a rare fluke of nature and is only found commercially in Eastern Bolivia at the Anahi Mine. The mine itself is full of intrigue as it was uncovered in the 1600s by a Spanish explorer, only to be lost to time.
It was rediscovered in the 1970s with the presence of large, mineable, ametrine rough. Cutter's will orient these stones with enthusiasm trying to display their unique color banding, often cutting so that the gem will be half purple and half golden.
Ametrine is known to be faceted or carved with its bi-colored specimens cut to exhibit its two-tone nature. Gems are curated as a funky fun fantasy cut or a stoic emerald cut, each perfectly capturing its dynamic essence.
Since ametrine is a variety of the mineral quartz, it is considered a hard and durable stone, perfect for everyday wear. It can be cleaned with a soft brush in warm soapy water or wiped clean with a cloth. When stored, it should be wrapped to prevent it from scratching softer stones or it being scratched by harder stones like diamond and sapphire. Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing this stone or any kind of jewelry.