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Ametrine Information

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Ametrine is one of the world’s most unusual types of gem stones in that it is actually two types of gems in the one stone. The yellow-orange part of ametrine is citrine and the violet-purple part is amethyst. The unusual color variation found in Ametrine is due to the presence of iron in different oxidation states within the crystalline structure. Exactly how this comes about is not fully understood.

This color split is usually highlighted by cutting the gem into long shapes ideal for ametrine earrings and ametrine necklaces. Larger ametrine gemstones make particularly enchanting pendants, perfect for evening wear.
 
Ametrine has only been readily available to the consumer market since 1980 when material from the Anahi mine in Bolivia began to appear on the market. Before this it was considered to be quite unusual.  Ametrine jewelry has increased in popularity since that time and today even ametrine rings of unusual design have become a fashionable item. Many avant garde jewelry designers are today making full use of ametrine’s unusual qualities to produce some truly eye-catching items. The astrological sign of Ametrine is Libra and it is said to posses all the metaphysical properties of both Amethyst and Citrine combined, as well its own unique properties. Ametrine is said to aid in meditation, relieve tension, disperse negativity and help to eliminate prejudice. A fine split in the colors and the intensity of color are the most important aspects to consider when evaluating Ametrine gemstones.

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