Friday, December 2, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Ametrine


Ametrine is an unusual gemstone.  It is a colour-zoned variety of quartz, which means that part of the stone is one colour yet another part of the stone will be a completely different colour. In the case of Ametrine, the stone is part Amethyst (the purple-pink variety of Quartz) and part Citrine (the yellow-orange variety of Quartz).  It is a relatively new gemstone to the market having only been discovered during the 1980's.  This bi-coloured stone is a well loved and beautiful stone and is mined a lot in Bolivia.  The value of Ametrine, as with any stone, depends upon it's size and quality but will generally range between 42-$40 per carat.