And Then Came the Fantasy Cut
Once upon a time, gem cutting was a strict craft bound by centuries of tradition. Then Bernd Munsteiner (b. 1943) invented the fantasy cut.
Russian Synthetic Ametrine
Gem-quality synthetic ametrine has been produced commercially in Russia since 1994.
The Anahí Ametrine mine, Bolivia
The Anahí mine, Bolivia, has produced large amounts of amethyst, citrine and amethyst-citrine for the gem market.
Ametrine History and Lore
The world’s only commercial source of ametrine is the Anahi mine in southeastern Bolivia. Legend has it that a Spanish conquistador discovered the mine’s location in the 1600s and introduced the gem to Europeans when he presented several specimens to his queen.