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 Ametrine Gemstone Properties 


Design Possibilities

Ametrine comes in a variety of shades from pale lavender to a deep purple to yellow-purple to yellow-orange. It is stunning combined with rainbow fluorite, citrine pearls or with peach moonstone. The iridescent glow of the moonstone picks up on the lighter shades of purple and yellow. Ametrine is glorious hung from a large loop chain with designer headpins. You simply put the bead on the designer headpin, do a wire wrap with round-nose pliers, use the fancy jumprings to attach to your favorite chain and within 30 minutes you will have an amazing one-of-a-kind piece.

Cleaning

This stone is fairly hard so you can use a steamer and ultrasonic cleaner with it. This stone may lose color in the sunlight.

History/Background

Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine, which are both a variety of quartz. Amethyst is clear quartz with the presence of manganese. Citrine is clear quartz with the presence of iron. Amethyst and other types of quartz have been around for years and make up approximately 12% of the earth's crust (quartz varieties). Ametrine was not readily available on the market until 1980 when it was discovered in the Anahi mines in Bolivia.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Ametrine is said to be the complete balance of the properties of amethyst and citrine. Although the colors appear as opposites on the color wheel, they are considered complementary colors. Ametrine is believed to relieve tension, bring serenity, stimulate creativity, and balance mental stability and self-confidence. Ametrine is considered a double boost to remove toxins from the body, as both amethyst and citrine are both detoxifiers.

Scientific Description

Ametrine is a macrocrystalline variety of quartz that occurs rarely in nature. Most ametrine in the market today is simulated amethyst. When amethyst is heated, it turns varied shades of yellow. For ametrine to occur naturally, iron impurities, combined with differing oxidation states are subjected to varied temperature. The temperature would need to be slightly higher on some of the surfaces and slightly cooler on others. An example of this would be where one side of the crystal was facing a heat source and the delicate balance of the two temperatures was maintained during the crystallization of the quartz. This is how natural ametrine is formed in nature. Amethyst subjected to the same type of conditions will also produce ametrine (stimulated or heated process).

Occurrence

Clay, silt, sand, gravel, or similar deprival material deposited by running water compacts and forms a druse or geode. A druse or geode is a hollow space that is filled by a mineral and in this case that mineral would be quartz (Amethyst or Ametrine). The geode is the section removed and the druse is still intact to be mined. The only natural occurrences of this stone are in the Anahi mine in Bolivia, and in Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul).
Mineral InformationMacrocrystalline quartz
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorGolden sunlight yellow blended with lavender/purple
Hardness7
Specific Gravity2.6-2.7
Refractive Index1.544-1.553

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**Please note that all Metaphysical/Healing Properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat varied conditions within one's life. We have not tested these theories and suggest that you heed the information as just that, information gathered, not tested. We do not guarantee any of the statements made or the validity of these statements.


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