Gemstones, Diamonds, Pearls -
My Shopping Cart My Account Gem Library
|Welcome to|Single Stones|Calibrated Stones|Pairs|Mix Lots|Closeouts|Carved Gems|lapidary and gemological tools and supplies|Gem Smart Search|
 Home / Gem Library / Natural Gemstones / Ametrine July 18, 2024  

Natural Ametrine
E-mail this article to a friend

There are 24 Ametrine(s) available at

Ametrine is the trade name given to an unusual variety of quartz which exhibits the colors of both amethyst and citrine side by side. In Ametrine, two quartz varieties namely purple Amethyst and golden Citrine are naturally occurring in the same gemstone. The trade name of Bolivianite was suggested at one point but the material is today overwhelmingly known as ametrine.

Known Facts
Color Key: purple, violet, yellow
Refractive Index: 1.544 - 1.553
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Hardness: 7
Density: 2.66
Crystal Group: Hexagonal
Ocurrence: Brazil, Bolivia

The discovery of Ametrine is shrouded in legends and mystery. According to Jean Marc Tressiere, Europeans first learned of Ametrine in the 17th century when a Spanish conquistador presented a spectacular bi-colored gemstone to the Spanish Queen. That Ametrine was from the Bolivian mine which he received as a dowry when he married a princess from the native Ayoreos tribe.

But it wasn't until the 1970s that Ametrine actually appeared on the international market and although it was well received, speculations initially arose that it was an artificially treated gem combining the irradiation and heat treatment of Brazilian Amethysts. Despite the original doubts, by the 1990s it was confirmed that most of the ametrine on the market was 100% natural, and came from only one mine in Bolivia.

Ametrine remains one of the most underrated gemstones with a price almost equal to regular amethyst. As with other bicolored gemstones, ametrine is usually cut as an emerald cut in order to clearly display the two colored effect and is generally only used for custom or one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

Check our Top, Largest, Smallest or Latest Ametrine's.

Ametrine Stats/
Popularity Index: 447264hits
Total Items: 24items
Total Weight: CTS 224.78
Cheapest: USD 54.00
Most Expensive: USD 361.58
Largest: CTS 20.32
Smallest: CTS 4.46
Last Added: 06/28/24 09:09:30

Knowledge Search/
Enter Keywords:
Enter one or more keywords (i.e madagascar sapphires ).

About Gemstones /

Gem Library/
Gems Legend and  Lore Gems Legend and Lore
Some of the latest of ways that gems have been associated with Birthstones and Signs of the Zodiac.
Understanding Gemstones Understanding Gemstones
Learn about Physical and Optical properties, color, clarity and cut of gemstones.
Gems Glossary Gems Glossary
Ever wonder what are "Blemish", "Luster", "Saturation" "Uniformity" or "Mine Run" means?
Reference and  Links Reference and Links
Recommended books and links to Gem, Jewelry&Mineral Magazines, Gem Institutes and Labs.

Book’s Corner/
Buy at Ruby & Sapphire by Richard W. Hughes
Price: USD 98.00
"This book is surely the best study ever done on the exotic subject of rubies and sapphires..."
see more recommendations

 Top of Page Need help?  

Gemstones for sale: Alexandrite, Garnet, Diamond, Opal, Spinel, Sapphire, Tourmaline, Tanzanite, Tsavorite,
Gemstones by Category: Calibrated, Carving, Closeout, Jewelry, Mixed Lot, Pair, Rough, Single, Best Sellers or Featured Gemstones.
Gemstone education: Colored Gemstones Guide, Gems Library, Gemstone Treatments, Gemstone Glossary, Gems and Astrology,

All Transactions secure by Thawte certificate - click here to validate Ebay Power Seller Gem Certification Various Shipping Options Major Credit Cards Accepted

All trademarks and logos shown herein are the property of their respective owners. © Copyright, 1998-2011. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of Return Policy, Privacy Policy and Trading Guarantee. Published and operated by David Wein Ltd. 32 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong. Lost? Check site map or resources page.

Site design and maintenance by NetComposite ®.