What Is Ametrine - Desiderate

What Is Ametrine?

What is ametrine? 

Ametrine: Is it purple, is it yellow? It's both at once! Ametrine is a rare natural forming gemstone that's sourced in Bolivia. Ametrine is a naturally forming and rare quartz, created when purple amethyst forms alongside yellow citrine, resulting in an eye-catching colour combination.

We admit, we're surprised that this beauty isn't better known, because it's divine. Ametrine jewellery is quickly becoming more popular in Australia, thanks to it's unique and evocative beauty.

We've recently added ametrine to our range and it took our founder Janine more than a year to source these gorgeous stones. 

Ametrine - Mahtava Collection - Desiderate

Browse our range of ametrine jewellery 

What Colour Is Ametrine?

The unusual colour display of purple and yellow is created during shifts in temperature as the quartz forms. It's highly translucent and can be pale in colour, and the purple/yellow combination also throws captivating shades of smoky grey.

What Kind Of Gemstone Is Ametrine?

Ametrine is a type of quartz, a crystalline material composed of silica. The stone is a bicolour quartz, meaning that crystals of two different colours combine together to form stones with two colours. There are many different varieties of quartz that are classified as gemstones, including amethyst and citrine, which combine to form ametrine. 


Where Does Ametrine Come From? 

Natural ametrine is only sourced from Bolivia in South America. The Anahi mine is the only ametrine mine in the world, located in the remote southeast of the country. Travel is limited as it's only accessible by light aircraft. Which is why it's tricky to gain supply (it took us more than a year to secure our limited shipment). ametrine is only sourced from Bolivia in South America. The Anahi mine is the only ametrine mine in the world, located in the remote southeast of the country. Travel is limited as it's only accessible by light aircraft. Which is why it's tricky to gain supply (it took us more than a year to secure our limited shipment).

What Is The History Of Ametrine?

Legend tells us that the stone was first discovered by European explorers in the 1600s and the stones were brought back to Europe as a gift for the Spanish Queen. The story goes that a European married a local princess and received the mine as a dowry gift. The current mine, Anahi is named for the local princess and began commercially operating in the 1970s.

Is Ametrine Rare?

Yes, the supply is finite, meaning that once it's gone - it's gone. Unless we discover a new supply, it won't be further available. So invest while you have the chance! It's been around for centuries but mining techniques in Bolivia didn't improve enough to harvest it until the 1970's.

 Ametrine Earrings

Why Do Some Photos Of Ametrine Show Strong Colours And Others Pale?

Beware photoshop! Online ametrine jewellery retailers may edit the colours of ametrine jewellery to make it appear more vibrant. (We never do this.) Synthetic, artificially formed ametrine tends to be stronger in colour, but we prefer the natural original, which tends to be paler and smokier.

How Can You Tell A Fake Ametrine?

It's not always easy to see the difference between natural ametrine jewellery and synthetic or fake ametrine. But here are some things that you can consider:


  • colour: fake ametrine is likely to be brighter in colour, with more vivid purples and yellows, where as natural ametrine is softer and paler 
  • quality: if the ametrine is perfectly symmetrical, even when it’s a big stone, then it’s likely to be a fake — real gemstones have natural flaws
  • uniformity: if you have a pair and they look 100% exactly the same, they are likely to be fakes — real stones are unique 
  • price: synthetic ametrine is likely to be cheaper, as it costs less to make it artificially in a lab
  • language: the words ‘cultured’ or ‘formulated’ indicate that the stone is synthetic 
  • ask: you can always ask the retailer where they sourced their ametrine jewellery

Is Ametrine Hard?

Yes, as a quartz, ametrine has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale (a scale of stone hardness with diamonds being the hardest at 10). This makes ametrine suitable for jewellery, as it's hard enough to withstand everyday wear. However, ametrine isn't indestructible and can still scratch, chip or break if not treated with care.

What Are The Symbolic Qualities Of Ametrine?

Ametrine combines the qualities of both amethyst and citrine, making it a highly powerful and potent crystal. Ametrine promotes inner strength and courage. It can restore balance, helping you to use your creativity and intuition to find solutions that work for you.

The amethyst promotes contentment, purity and manifestation, while the citrine stimulates warmth, creativity and positivity. Together the combined powers of the crystals promote harmony, energy and enthusiasm, like a breath of fresh air to the wearer.

 Ametrine Pendant

When Should I Wear Ametrine?

Wear ametrine to put you in a good mood when:

  • you're feeling stressed and emotional, to give you a sense of balance and calm
  • you need a dose of positive energy and happiness 
  • you want to boost your creativity 
  • you want to enhance your intuition 
  • you want to manifest more money into your life

Because of the dual nature of the stone, ametrine is not ideal for chakra work.

What Rituals Are Good For Ametrine?

You can enhance the money-attracting qualities of ametrine by leaving it in the light of the full moon. Choose a full moon in your own zodiac sign, or Taurus for attracting wealth and abundance, or Capricorn for encouraging success, status and achieving your goals.


Ametrine can help you get what's on your mind, particularly to get rid of negativity and help your dreams come true, so visualise what you want, the life you want to live and feel the negativity release.

Keep your ametrine jewellery under your pillow or at the foot of your bed to promote deep, refreshing sleep. 

If you're struggling with a decision, wear your ametrine ring on your writing hand and jot down notes about the choices and their potential outcomes, good and bad. You can work through your thoughts as they enter your mind without limiting yourself emotionally until a decision becomes clear. 

Ametrine Ring

What Are The Zodiac Signs Of Ametrine?

Traditionally, the zodiac signs of ametrine are Pisces and Sagittarius. Although we feel that the dual nature of the stone benefits the zodiac signs with duality in its symbolism, such as: 

  • Gemini: the twins ♊
  • Libra: the balanced scales ♎
  • Capricorn: the sea goat ♑
  • Cancer: the two pincers of the crab ♋
  • Aquarius: the two lines of water in its glyph ♒  

What Months Are The Ametrine Birthstone?

Ametrine is traditionally aligned to the birth months of February and November.

Ready to shop Australian Ametrine Jewellery?




Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published