Gemstone sizes range from approximately 5-35 carats. Please call for more detail on a particular piece.
Sometimes amethyst and citrine are found together. They are both semi-precious gems in the quartz family and have the same crystalline structure. Different minerals in a mine in Bolivia sometimes blend to create the color combinations that characterize amethyst and citrine stones. These bi-colored gems are called ametrine, and are cut at the seam where the citrine changes to amethyst. Although the rough stone comes from Bolivia, our ametrine is all cut in Thailand, a country known for having some of the world's finest ggem-cutters. We individually select each gem for its depth of color, gem quality (also known as "sparkle") and intrinsic beauty. The Anahi Mine in Bolivia is the only mine today that is commercially mining ametrine, although it may be found in other places.
The popularity of tourmaline in the 1980's created a demand for bi-colord gemstones and as supplies began to run low, it was elevated to the status of a precious gem. The demand for bi-colored gemstones has continued since then. Today, bi-colored ametrine is often created using water, heat pressure and minerals in a variety of ways. These ametrine gems are stunning in their beauty and are available in colors not ordinarily found in the natural colors of purple and yellow or gold. They are to be treasured for the specimens of exquisite beauty and pristine faceting that they are. We carry both kinds of ametrine, both natural, and lab-created. Each stone has a special presence and personality that defines its unique beauty.
A bit of interesting history about ametrine:
The Anahi Mine in Bolivia, which produces most of the ametrine on the market, first became famous in the 17th century, when a Spanish conquistador received it as a dowry when he married a princess from the Ayoreos tribe named Anahi. Ametrine was introduced to Europe by the conquistador's gifts to the Spanish queen.
Jewelry created by Skip White, Gold and Silversmith