CITRINE, the yellow and orange variety of quartz
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VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: Quartz, SiO 2
  • USES: Gemstone and ornamental stone
  • BIRTHSTONE FOR: November
  • COLOR: various shades of yellow and orange
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: 1.544-1.553
  • BIREFRINGENCE: 0.009
  • HARDNESS: 7
  • CLEAVAGE: none
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: trigonal
  • For natural citrine mineral specimens see our For Sale or Sold lists
    For Citrine Jewelry, see --> CITRINE JEWELRY

Citrine is any quartz crystal or cluster that is yellow or orange in color. Although often cut as a gemstone, citrine is actually somewhat rare in nature. Most citrines on the market have been heat treated. Specimens of low grade, inexpensive amethyst or smoky quartz are often cooked at high temperatures to produce the more profitable orange yellow citrine. Citrines whose colors have been produced by artificial means tend to have much more of an orange or reddish caste than those found in nature, which are usually a pale yellow. Much of the natural citrine may have started out as amethyst but heat from nearby magmatic bodies may have caused the change to citrine.

The citrine geodes available in the trade are always (so far as I am aware) the result of heat treatment of amethyst geodes.

Citrine made by heating amethyst may be returned to a purple color by bombarding it with beta radiation. Interestingly, a popular gemstone on the market is a mixture of half amethyst and half citrine and is given the name ametrine, made by heating an amethyst until it turns into citrine, then irradiating a part of the resulting crystal or gemstone to convert that portion back to amethyst.

Unfortunately for citrine it is often confused with the more expensive orange-yellow topaz and is at times sold as topaz by unscrupulous dealers. This practice has soured many potential citrine fanciers who see citrine as a fake topaz and not as a legitimate gemstone.

Citrine is only one of several quartz varieties. Other varieties that form macroscopic (large enough to see) crystals are as follows:

Citrine Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Citrine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Fire Opal & Citrine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Fire Opal & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
1.80ct t.w. Citrine Station Necklace in Two-Tone Silver. 18"
A subtle and fresh design turns this simple sterling silver cable chain into a sassy must-have. 14kt yellow gold over sterling silver bezels of citrine are graduated in the center and stationed on the sides, totaling 1.80 carats. Lobster clasp,...Only $75.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo1.80ct t.w. Citrine Station Necklace in Two-Tone Silver. 18"
$75.00
Ross-Simons
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $150.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Remember Forever Ring
$150.00
Gemvara
Gemstone Sensation Bracelet
Genuine Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Garnet and White Topaz shine in this stunning creation - with over 18 carats of vibrant gemstones in all. Bracelet is 7 1/2" in length.Only $129.00 at Danbury Mint
no photoGemstone Sensation Bracelet
$129.00
Danbury Mint
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Aquamarine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Jaipur Ring, Citrine - Marco Bicego - Citrine (6)
Marco BicegoJaipur Ring, CitrineDetailsHand-engraved 18-karat yellow gold setting.Round-cut citrine center.Logo-engraved gold band.Made in Italy.Designer About Marco Bicego:As a talented artisan from a family of goldsmiths, Marco Bicego was uniquely...Only $505.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoJaipur Ring, Citrine - Marco Bicego - Citrine (6)
$505.00
Neiman Marcus
Round London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Aquamarine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
2.85 ct. t.w. Citrine Station Necklace in Sterling Silver. 16"
Happy colors dangle from every angle of this playful station necklace. 2.85 ct. t.w. of bezel-set yellow citrine rounds create a sunny display along a cable chain with a 2" extender and a lobster clasp. Sterling silver necklace. Citrine birthstones are...Only $112.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.85 ct. t.w. Citrine Station Necklace in Sterling Silver. 16"
$112.50
Ross-Simons
Sterling Silver Birthstone Girl Charm Pendant, Citrine-november, Womens
Charm her with an adorable sterling silver girl pendant, styled with a diamond-accent skirt and your choice of birthstone buttons. A gift with special meaning for any mom or grandmother. Metal: Sterling silverStones: All genuine except sapphire, ruby,...Only $62.49 at jcpenney
no photoSterling Silver Birthstone Girl Charm Pendant, Citrine-november, Womens
$62.49
jcpenney
Rainbow Jasper & Citrine Necklace - Devon Leigh - Gold
Devon LeighRainbow Jasper & Citrine NecklaceDetailsDevon Leigh seamlessly melds together naturalistic motifs and modern sensibilities, making versatile pieces that you can have for a lifetime. This lightweight necklace is no exception-the gold-plated...Only $495.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRainbow Jasper & Citrine Necklace - Devon Leigh - Gold
$495.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Citrine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Citrine - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
70.00ct t.w. Citrine, 8.5-9mm Cultured Pearl Necklace. 17"
Our necklace arranges a sunny stream of gleaming citrine beads totaling 70.00 ct. around an 8.5-9mm cultured freshwater pearl centerpiece. Spacers and a lobster clasp of 14kt gold complete the necklace. Pearl birthstones are the perfect gift for June...Only $146.25 at Ross-Simons
no photo70.00ct t.w. Citrine, 8.5-9mm Cultured Pearl Necklace. 17"
$146.25
Ross-Simons
Emerald-Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring - Emerald-Cut Ceres Ring
This solitaire ring has a delicate wheat pattern, the symbol of Ceres, the Roman goddess of prosperity and fruitfulness.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring - Emerald-Cut Ceres Ring
$215.00
Gemvara
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