Ametrine “A Quality” Sphere - XS1
Ametrine is a mixture of amethyst and citrine with zones of purple and yellow or orange. The Yellow-orange tinge is slight but present within each stone, carefully sorted by hand. The images shown are a representation of what we have, you may not receive the exact stone shown in any of the images but will be satisfied and happy with the ametrine sphere you receive.
Ametrine is mainly found inside a mine located in southeastern Bolivia. A Spanish conquistador discovered the mine’s location in the 1600s and introduced the gem to Europeans when he presented several specimens to his queen.
There is an interesting legend that there are several different variations. In one version a Princess of a native tribe attracted the attention of a Spanish soldier conqueror, they fell in love and he took her for his wife. When the chief learned of the man planned to return to Spain with his daughter “The Princess” he decided to kill the Spaniard. The princess learned of the plot and helped her consort to escape, paying for her bravery with her own life. She died in the arms of her husband, but before dying gave him a stone of beauty with two different colours that stone was Ametrine representing her heart divided between her husband and her people.
The second version tells that the Princess had beautiful violet eyes with strong flashes of yellow. One day she came across travelers who told her that horsemen with white skin, wearing costumes of metal with guns spitting fire. Instead of hiding, she ran to her village to tell her father, the chief of the tribe. While the princess was explaining the news of the conquerors they had already arrived on horseback and began destroying the village. The Chief managed to escape with his entourage but the princess was mortally wounded. She died in the arms of her father. From that day he carried an Ametrine gem with him similar to the eyes of his deceased daughter.