Originating from a natural blend of Amethyst and Citrine stone, Ametrine derives its name from these two minerals. The first part of the word ‘Ame’ comes from Amethyst. The second part ‘trine’ comes from citrine. However, this stone doesn’t just take its name from these minerals. It also derives it from its hue. Its lower zone is purple and its upper zone, the tip, assumes a yellow. Two colours that remain definitively distinct from each other and that, in photo, look unbelievable as the phenomenon is unusual. Though this stone was formed from specific geological processes occurring several million years ago, it is in Bolivia that we find this mineral in large quantities. The most exploited deposit was uncovered in the 17th century, when a conquistador from the Iberian Peninsula married Princess Anahi, from the local Ayoreo tribe. The mine was the young woman’s dowry. Thereafter, the conqueror’s counterparts brought gifts made of Ametrine to the Queen of Spain. This is how this mineral became known in Europe.
Although quality gems have been found in various countries – Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka – the most beautiful stones that are used to make jewellery come from Bolivia’s Anahi mine. It is there, in the province of Santa Cruz more than 200 kilometres from Puerto Suarez, that the largest deposit for commercial exploitation is located.
Concerning its composition, as Ametrine comes from a natural union between two quartz, it is also part of this family. As always, quartz colouration comes from its iron content. However, in this case iron has reached distinct oxidation stages. This is why the stone displays such a remarkable two-tone appearance.
In addition to its use in jewellery, pearls and decorative objects, this stone has multiple powers on the mind, psyche and emotions. These powers can be sensed immediately once you come into contact with the mineral. For example, this attractive two-tone gem calms the mind and encourages contemplation. In this way, it removes psychological tension and dissipates stress. As it has a calming power, it wards off negative energies accumulated in the aura, it promotes optimism and it encourages people to take control of their lives. It is perfect for healing emotional shock and to prevent depressive states (whether emotional or mental). In addition, creatives and artists can use it in their work, as it contributes to the development of imagination, open-mindedness and relativism. This is due to its effects on the right brain, the part of the organ that influences creativity and imagination. Moreover, everyone can make use of its crystals as it helps one to overcome prejudices and to open up to others, accepting them beyond appearances and differences.
While the spiritual benefits of this gem are numerous, this rock extract also has many virtues for the human body.
As it is formed from the merging of two stones, it combines their benefits. As it helps to you to achieve spiritual and mental balance by removing blockages and reducing adrenaline, this stone also rebalances the body. Because you are optimistic when you wear it, you become more enthusiastic and thus more prone to healing. This is why this mineral is particularly appreciated in litho therapy. Ametrine works on the bloodstream, and on states of fatigue – even for the most extreme such as severe headaches. It strengthens the entire metabolism through its effects on the immune system. It is frequently used to relieve abdominal pain (colic, etc.), soothe biliousness and regulate digestive problems. It affects the entire digestive system: the spleen, liver, intestines, and kidneys. To reduce pain in the abdominal area, simply place a crystal at the solar plexus.
Along with amethyst from which it originates, Ametrine also eliminates toxins that are found inside the body. In case of dependence, this stone helps to detoxify. Individuals with chronic conditions (sadness, etc.) can also find relief with this magical material. Ametrine is also appreciated by those with speech disorders and other coordination problems, as it activates the pituitary gland, the master gland that manages many physical reactions. By using it along with lavender, one benefits from its calming effect on the nervous system, and more specifically on fears and anxieties. Whether at home, in the workplace or in your car, ametrine crystals help to relieve tension.