|Selecting Designs for Ametrine
I attempt to accurately represent and describe cut stones and rough
as to appearance, size, origin and fully disclose any known
treatments in its description. Because you view the images on a
different monitor with different settings, color is particularly fickle
to represent, but I do my best.
Anahi Mine Ametrine
A note on these colors - the color variation in the photos below are purely a
function of how difficult it is to take pictures of such small objects that are
transparent. Lighting and the exact placement of the stones is crucial. Sorry...this
is the best I could do.
This is a 16.96 ct mixed colors ametrine that sold eight years ago for $300.00! The design is one
of mine: the Linette design. If only I had it back now, I could sell it for a lot more than $300.00.
All the stones on this page were purchased either directly from the Anahi Mine in Bolivia, or from
Jeff Graham (RIP) who got them from the Anahi Mine. As you can see, the visible colors include
purple, yellow, gold, orange, and pink. This explosion of colors is usually not seen from the more
typical 50/50 bicolor stones. One exception is when you cut a bicolor stone in a Mirage design,
created exclusively by Jeff Graham. That is until he inspired me to design some Mirage designs.
My Mirage designs include: Stripes and Blades, TBM, Yen, and Hammers. I will caution against
using any Mirage design on any stone that needs significant mixing. I learned that early on when I
cut a piece of amethyst in the Hammers design. The result wasn't very pretty, but my wife gladly
took that stone for her own. The rough for this stone was purchased directly from the Anahi
Mine, and is a good example of the saturation you can expect in a finished high quality ametrine!
Above you should see two photos of a high quality Anahi Mine ametrine. This stone is 5.67 cts
and cut in the same design as the six photo ametrine above it. The colors are not as saturated due
to this stone being a lot smaller. Also, the camera sees the stone differently than the human eye.
This stone looked to me like a pink/purple brilliant stone rather than the 50/50 photo you see here.
As the cut stone's shape becomes more elongated or overall larger, your eye will be able to more
clearly see the colors separate into what the camera sees. When purchasing a cut and polished
ametrine, you might ask the person selling it to you about this effect.
The two photos above are of the best available ametrine back in the 2004 time frame. Compare
them to the photos on my current Ametrine Rough for sale page. Quite a difference! Present day
gem cutters should take advantage of the very beautiful rough coming out of the Anahi Mine now.
The five photos above are of the first ametrine I ever cut. It is cut in the Stripes and Blades
design, and the rough was about a 50/50 bicolor stone. A quick glance at the upper left photo,
shows you how a Mirage design can result in a splash of different colors. I see pink, purple, gold,
green and brown. I confess that I got lucky when I picked this rough to cut in my new design!
Sometimes even the least accomplished squirrel finds an acorn! This 50/50 stone doesn't dissuade
me from preferring to cut mixed color ametrines. After you've cut a few ametrines you will
develop your own preference. Good luck in your journey.
The three photos above were taken of a not very saturated ametrine that got the benefit of being
cut and polished in a design that is very deep: Yen. In the middle picture above, the large flat
pavilion facets act as mirrors, reflecting the crown facets around the stone.
In short, their is only one locale from which I will source all my ametrine: The Anahi
Mine in Bolivia. Ametrine has a big future ahead of it. It was once thought that all
ametrine was fake/synthetic. The continued production of many tons of facet grade
ametrine has put an end to that bit of speculation. Enjoy faceting this beautiful and
unique gemstone! And many thanx to Mr. Ramiro Rivero and his family!!