Semi-Precious Gemstone #5- Ametrine

Description-Crystals that are part Citrine and part Amethyst are called Ametrine.  It is a rare and unusual stone which is also called “trystine”.  The stone is often cut in facets to reveal the yellow and purple colors.

History- The Ametrine bead is said to be Royal and to have been enjoyed by royals for centuries.The Anahi Mine located in the jungle of Bolivia was first discovered by native indians in the 17th century.  The Bolivian government made this land a state reserve and built a fortress near the entrance of the mine.

Location- Ametrine has been found most recently in Brazil and Bolivia. Much of the Ametrine protected by the Bolivian government made it’s way to the border of Brazil and has been sold there in the past decade.  The Anahi Mine is the only confirmed source of natural Ametrine.

Metaphysical & Folklore- Ametrine is said to have the healing properties of both the amethyst and citrine within it.  Ametrine is also said to be helpful to eliminate distress leading to an inner peace and tranquility.  It is said to be a very rare power stone.

Care- Ametrine which is heat treated releases a slightly red tint.  Ametrine is very rare and the future availability is uncertain. It has a hardness of 7 so it is rather hard however it will scratch and mar with excessive wear.   Due to its rarity, care and storage of this gemstone should be taken into account.  Chemicals and household cleaners are not recommended.

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Exclusive Collection

Semi-Precious Gemstone #4 – Amethyst

Description-Amethyst is a variety of quartz of a purple variety.  It is often found in geodes and it may be the most valued member of the quartz family in may circles.  In most cases, Amethyst may vary in color from shades of red-violet to purple.  The highest quality of Amethyst is said to be deep medium purple with a rose-colored flash.  On the MOHS scale the hardness is 7.

History- The name, Amethyst, is derived from the Greek word, “amethusos” meaning “sober”. It was noted in several sources to have been used by the Egyptians and is noted that Aaron, the Jewish High Priest, wore amethyst as a breastplate central.  It is said to have been included in the royal collections from Ancient Egypt to British Crown Jewels.

Location- The best specimens of Amethyst today are said to come from India. Gem quality Amethyst is also found in Brazil, Russia, and in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and also in some African Countries and the U.S.A.

Metaphysical and Folklore-It is said to assist with the healing of alcoholism, obsessive behaviors, and other addictions.  It iwas made the official biithstone of February by the American national Association of Jewelers in 1912.  Physically it is said to balance metabolism, headaches, insomnia, and arthritis.   Emotionally is said to increase intuition, integrate functions, and was used in ancient times by sailors for protection.

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Metaphysical Collection

Care-  It is often heat-treated to bring out a deeper color, this heat treating is often permanent and the stones will not fade in color over time.   Untreated Amethyst may diminish in color if left in the sunlight. Your natural Amethyst should. therefore by kept from direct sunlight.  It is relatively hard but can scratch in time with excessive wear.  Keep from household cleansers and ammonia products as it can damage the luster and quality of the gemstone.

Newest Design #4–Beryl Waterfall – Metaphysical Collection

The lovely necklace included here  is one of the newest in our Metaphysical Collection.  Our Metaphysical collection includes a rough stone and polished stones often of the same variety.  This necklace however has matching stones in color however the type of stone varies from the central to the necklace inclusions.  The semi-precious gemstones included here are Beryl and Aventurine.  Beryl is a green gemstone which  is closely related to Emerald.  The lighter color of this rough stone made the Aventurine a perfect match.  Aventurine is my personal favorite as a gemstone so I was delighted to put it with the lovely Beryl Central.  Also included in this piece are matching Swarovski Crystals in a melon shade as well as Sterling Silver Elements.

Metaphysical Collection
Metaphysical Collection