Physical Qualities of Ametrine
Ametrine is a mix of both amethyst and citrine, and can be either natural, or artificially manufactured through heat treatment. Virtually all naturally occurring ametrine is found in Bolivia, hence it is sometimes known as bolivianite. It occurs in either typical quartz crystal form, or in massive form. The colors of both purple and yellow/orange are distinctly separated in their individual zones within ametrine; the difference is due to the iron ions within experiencing different zones of radiation exposure during the formative process.
Like quartz, ametrine has a Mohs hardness of 7. The color banding differences are largely due to temperature differences during the formation of the crystal, resulting in oxidized and unoxidized iron zones within the quartz crystal.
The value of ametrine lies in its dual characteristic qualities. It should be noted that many ametrine crystals sold on the market are actually synthetic, being subjectively heat treated to achieve the dual coloring. Natural ametrine is solely sourced from the Anahi mine in Bolivia, although there may be other unexplored localities elsewhere. This certainly makes natural ametrine an increasingly rare and valuable gemstone to own.
Metaphysical Properties of Ametrine
Possessing both the physical and metaphysical qualities of ametrine and citrine, ametrine is a useful and beautiful stone to have in one’s collection. I’ve used ametrine before in meditation, and it is a very good, calming stone to hold. The presence of citrine gives it a cleansing, expansive quality, while amethyst stimulates the psyche to heightened development.
Ametrine can cleanse the etheric body of negative, gray energy, while replacing it with positive energy and it is gentle in action. It helps to disperse blockages in the mental and emotional bodies. Placing ametrine under the pillow while sleeping can help with getting better sleep and dream recall.
This is a good stone to encourage greater relationships and cooperation between different parties. The successful combination of two clearly different color zones within ametrine represents the successful merger of different parties in order to achieve a greater good, whilst maintaining their individual characteristics.
Healing Properties of Ametrine
Ametrine is good for the endocrine glands, and it also helps with digestion and metabolism. It is said to be useful for increasing oxygen uptake throughout all the cells of the body. With regards to this, I’ve found ametrine indeed useful for exercise and fitness activities. A single ametrine crystal kept in the pocket can help with exercise activities. It is good for both the solar plexus organs and the central nervous system.
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