Amethyst is lovely for its deep purple color and sparkly crystal-clear appearance. Citrine is lovely, too, for its yellow color that becomes more brilliant with a light reflection. Now, what if these two precious stones are combined? The deep purple amethyst and bright yellow of citrine is actually in one gemstone—ametrine. And no, this stone is not really human-made but natural. It’s only in Bolivia where ametrine can be found. But jewelers also create their own blending to create this beauty.
Natural or not, ametrine gems can be a bit pricey. Even a faux ametrine is sold at a more expensive price than other faux crystals. If you will be investing in real ametrine, it’s just and wise that you evaluate the stone first before you make a purchase.
Here are some tips when evaluating the value of ametrine:
Examine the ametrine color. Ametrine is valuable because of the color play. So when buying one, make sure to examine the color first. The brilliance of purple and yellow color should be good and sparkly. The separation of two colors will be very obvious on a square-cut gem. There are more sophisticated cuts, though. But you can’t easily see the separation of colors in these. These gems were created so as one color will appear brighter than the other. Both the simple square and the more complicated cut are beautiful. But you have to decide which is best for you—the color play or the cut.
Look for three colors. Ametrine produces three colors—yellow, purple, and peach. Check if these three colors are on the gemstone. The colors should be clear despite the checkerboard cuts. The peach color usually appears because of the purple and yellow reflection on the crystal.
Size matters. Ametrine is unique because of the color and this is the reason why people are interested about it. If you want a gemstone where the colors are more obvious, then you should invest on a larger stone. The larger the stone, the better the color contrast is. Choose stones that are more than seven carats. You may choose smaller stones but make sure the cut is simple if you still want the colors to be obvious. The smaller the stone, the more invisible the contrast.
Check the brilliance. Crystals are expensive because of their stunning brilliance. You should get ametrine that has stunning brilliance, too. The light on the display is not enough. Usually, these lights are placed to enhance the stone’s colors. Better check the stone’s brilliance when reflected using different sources of lights. The crystal should be bright and clear despite what light source you use.
The origin is important. It is only in Anahi Mine in Bolivia that natural ametrine gems are found. Ask the seller where the gem came from and if he doesn’t know, the gem is either lab-created or fake. It maybe okay to get a lab-created gem. But it should be reasonably priced. Natural gems are more expensive but gems from other origins are cheaper.
Unlike gold, silver, and bronze, ametrine is not really a flexible investment. But if you still believe in its potential for resale, then you should invest on it. There is only one mine where this gem can be found. Sooner or later, all the natural ametrine there will run out and the gem’s price will be more expensive. If you will spend more money on the gem, it’s best that you get a certified and trustworthy jeweler to evaluate the gem.