NYC II 6.29ctw Ametrine, Amethyst, Citrine & White Zircon Ring
The saturation of colors will enchant you! Crafted in sterling silver with 18K yellow vermeil plating, this ring showcases an emerald cut 14 x 10mm multi-color ametrine in a prong setting. The color is stunningly reflected in two baguette cut 5 x 3mm amethysts and two baguette cut 5 x 3mm citrines in partial bezel settings. Eight round cut 1.25mm zircons in prong settings further enhance its beauty.
The total ametrine weight is 5.36ct, the total amethyst weight is 0.42ct, the total citrine weight is 0.42ct and the total zircon weight is 0.10ct (all approximate). The ring measure 9/16"L x 7/8"W x 5/16”W.
A relative newcomer to the gem world, ametrine is a variety of quartz that exhibits the best aspects of both purple amethyst and yellow citrine within the same crystal. These bicolor yellow and purple quartz gemstones have a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Scale and are ideally suited for a variety of jewelry uses. Ametrine is most typically faceted in a rectangular shape with a 50/50 pairing of amethyst and citrine. When cut into emerald and pear shapes, the color distinction is most notable. Sometimes a checkerboard pattern of facets is added to the top to increase light reflection.
Ametrine can also be cut to blend the two colors so that the resulting stone is a mix of yellow, purple and peach tones throughout the stone. Ametrine is especially popular among artistic cutters and carvers who can play with the colors, creating landscapes in the stone. Amethyst's purple and citrine's yellow are opposite each other on the color wheel. They are called complementary colors, meaning that they enhance each other, and are considered by artists to be excellent colors to use together. Because its beauty lies in the coexistence of the two colors, ametrine is usually recovered in larger sizes, which allows for the appreciation of the pronounced color contrast.
The Anahi Mine in Bolivia is the major world producer of ametrine. The mine first became famous in the seventeenth century when a Spanish conquistador received it as a dowry upon marrying a princess from the Ayoreos tribe, named Anahi. Ametrine was introduced to Europe through the conquistador's gifts to the Spanish queen. The stone is relatively inexpensive, considering that it comes from only a few mines in the world, including Bolivia and Brazil. Several suppliers have indicated that the ametrine mines have run out, and therefore quality material is now very difficult to obtain.
Part of the NYC II Collection. All weights pertaining to diamond weights are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.