Ametrine is possibly one of the most interesting and beautiful gemstones to become available on the global gem market during recent years. Currently only found at the Anahi Mine in Eastern Bolivia, it is a fusion of the gorgeous regal purple of Amethyst and the warm sunshine hue of Citrine, beautifully combined in one
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stone. In the gem industry, Ametrine also goes by the name of Bolivianite, due to the location of its source.
Ametrine’s bi-coloured effect is uniquely created due to differing temperatures across the gem during its crystal formation. The area with highest temperature forms golden Citrine yellows and the cooler zone forms lilac Amethyst colours. However, this one-off occurrence was a tough trick for Mother Nature to perform, because if too much heat had been applied the entire gem would have become a Citrine.
Cutting the rough of Ametrine is such an important task because it can make or break the beauty of the gem. Usually the Lapidarist (a person who cuts and facets gemstones) will cut the gem into longer shapes so as to draw the eye’s attention to its unique bi-colours. The gem looks gorgeous in baguette, emerald and octagon cuts.