Ametrine is a member of the quartz family, and is composed of Amethyst and Citrine, making it transparent to translucent and giving it a colouring ranging between pale purple and pale yellow. It is rare to find natural Ametrine displaying very vivid colours, although synthetic Ametrine can do. Both natural and synthetic show an abrupt transition between the two colours. With a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, Ametrine is a fairly hard crystal.
Ametrine is most famously found in the Anahi Mine in Bolivia. In the 17th century, this mine was given as a dowry to a Spanish Conquistador on his marriage to the princess of the Ayoreos tribe – a girl named Anahi. He returned home to Spain bringing with him the Ametrine which he gifted to the Spanish queen. Ametrine has only become really popular since the late 20th century however, when production from the mine greatly increased.
Ametrine is most often found cut into rectangles, or other long shapes – for example, pendants – which best show off the different colours in the gem. It can also be found cut in such a way as to blend the two colours together, displaying a mixture throughout the stone.
Ametrine is useful in getting rid of aches and pains, including headaches and backaches. It can also help with problems relating to the pancreas, or be used after major operations.
Ametrine dispels negativity, and eliminates prejudice. It can be used to aid meditation and relieve tension. It is particularly good for achieving balance, and for transformative magic. Ametrine can be used to combat self-esteem problems.