Encyclopaedia of stones
Ametrine is a relatively new term, in fact it is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine. Ametrine is a unique gemstone as it is essentially combined of two separate gemstones. Although Amethyst, the purple variety of Quartz, and Citrine, the yellow/orange variety of Quartz belong to the same scientific mineral classification, they have always been distinguished as individual gemstones. The unique colour combination of Ametrine has sparked an interest and appeal to this distinctive gemstone.
A great variety of colors, from yellow to purple and deep violet
The most popular deposit is in Bolivia but there are others in Brazil, Canada, the United States and India.
Ametrine is believed to enhance the wearer's emotional life and creativity. It symbolizes growth, and is said to promote maturity and encourage a more confident attitude towards life. It is thought to support the bearer's inner harmony, helping the individual to resolve inner contradictions.
Also known as ‘trystine', or by its trade name as ‘bolivianite', ametrine is a naturally occurring variety of quartz. It is a mixture of amethyst and citrine with zones of purple and yellow, or even peach and orange. Ametrine is popular among artistic cutters and carvers, who play with the colours, creating beautiful landscapes in the stone.
According to legend, the Indian tribe Ayoreo of eastern Bolivia knew about the bicolour quartz crystals over 500 years ago. However, ametrine first came to the world's attention when a sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador, Don Luis Felipe de Urriola y Goita, returned to Spain with a sample of the stone. Passing on his gifts to his sponsor, the Spanish queen, he introduced the gemstone to Europe for the first time.
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