A rare bi-colored gemstone, ametrine is a type of quartz created from a mixture of amethyst and citrine. Ametrine is formed when variations in temperature have different effects on the crystallizing process of quartz.
Ametrine: Two Gorgeous Gems in One
A natural treasure found mostly in Bolivia, ametrine also goes by the trade name bolivianite. Ametrine didn't become available to the general public until 1980 when the Anahi Mine in Bolivia was opened.
A romantic legend surrounds the gemstone ametrine. It is said that a Spanish conquistador came to Bolivia and married a princess from Bolivia's Ayoreo tribe. The conquistador received an ametrine mine as part of the dowry. When the tribe found out the princess was going to leave them to go to Spain, the Ayoreo people sacrificed the princess and buried her body at the foot of the mountain where the ametrine gemstones were found. Ametrine is said to represent the princess' divided heart — part belonged to her husband and part belonged to her people.
A rare and captivating bi-colored gemstone, ametrine combines the majestic purple of amethyst with the sunny glow of citrine. Ametrine jewelry can display an equal share of the two colors or show off a blended effect in the tones of rosy gold and mauve. More about colored gemstones.
A bi-colored beauty, ametrine dazzles with the colors of amethyst and citrine combined in one spectacular stone.
Ametrine's signature shades, purple and yellow, are present in every stone, but the colors can shift depending on the light and angle. For jewelry, ametrine gemstones are most often cut into a rectangular shape to showcase the two colors equally. Ametrine can also be cut to blend the colors throughout the stone. Ametrine jewelry looks brilliant set in 14kt gold or sterling silver and makes an eye-catching focal point for a ring, necklace, ametrine bracelet or earrings.
Ametrine is an affordable gemstone, especially considering that there is only one commercial ametrine mine in the world — Bolivia's Anahi Mine. Ametrine has also been found in Brazil and India.
Ametrine Jewelry Care & Handling
A relatively hard gemstone (7 on the Mohs scale), ametrine jewelry should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Clean your ametrine rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings with warm soapy water and store in your Ross-Simons presentation box.