Ametrine (polished slice) (119.51 grams)

Anahi Mine, La Gaiba District, Sandoval Province, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia
7.2 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm
Start Time: 11/07/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/14/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Quartz occurs in virtually every color of the rainbow, and almost certainly has more varieties than any other species. With that said, one of the most striking and instantly recognizable varieties is Ametrine. These beautiful crystals feature a combination of NATURAL purple and yellow Quartz which led to the name Ametrine = AMEthyst + ciTRINE. The color sections are found on opposing rhombohedral faces of the Quartz typically in triangular sections. When the Ametrine crystals are sliced across the "c" axis, you can see the classic "pinwheel" or "radiation" pattern like we see in this polished slice. The piece is a polished slice of Ametrine and has excellent color saturation along with decent internal gemminess, but it's mostly purple with only a tiny bit of golden Citrine near the center. It is important to note that the Anahi Mine is the only place in the world where these classic examples are found. These crystals are only mined at the Anahi Mine in the eastern Bolivian jungle (not Brazil like many people believe). For what it's worth, our source in Bolivia told us that there has been little production in recent years, which is why the price keeps going up and you just don't see many of them on the market. This is a decent reference specimen of this classic material. If you collect Quartz, polished pieces or gem material, don't pass this one up. The specimen weigh is 119.51 grams.