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Ametrine

On the edge of a land-locked country in South America, in the mists of the Amazon Rainforest basin lies a unique phenomenon. A commercial crystal mine that produces some of the world’s rarest gems. The Anahi Mine is slap-bang in the middle of South America among the pampas and jungle terrain of Bolivia.

The natural Amethyst/Citrine fusion that forms here is exquisite with prices rising due to the inaccessibility of the mine and the skilled workforce extracting it. Although blasting is necessary to break through to the Ametrine seams all the excavation thereon is done by careful pick mining. The seams are opened up and tunnels made safe before skilled workers laboriously pick through tons of hard rock extracting the finest specimens for the crystal and jewellery markets.

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The true beauty of Ametrine is found in the blend of the two opposite colours as they flow into one another. Each piece being unique. Some rare finds have a distinct division of colour as in a bi-coloured quartz. These are jaw-droppingly amazing in their own right. They can look like a horizon with a line between the two colours. However, most pieces have a water-colour kind of flow-blending into one another feel. After that it’s down to the gem cutters experience and gift to bring out the best characteristics of each piece.

Looking through a collection of jewellery items that have been facet cut from the same source can be mesmerising. Each piece unique in its own right. Some gem cutters will cut the Ametrine with the Citrine in the centre giving a golden flash if that’s possible. These most often are cut into a brilliant-cut giving 58 facets and returning the most amount of light. They may be rectangle, round or square and can be quite deep requiring a raised jewellery mount.

If the Ametrine is a bi-quartz it may be set in a Baguette cut (with 14-18 parallel facets making it long and thin) or emerald brilliant cut,(rectangle) again with 58 facets. These can look surreal and if there are slight inclusions can look like dolphins or angels in the gemstone. These are the same cuts as used for diamond cutting and take great skill to perfect.

So as you can see every single piece of Ametrine is rare and unique and valued not just by the price it cost to obtain but by the feeling it evokes in the heart.