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 Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with White 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 $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
5.67ct Citrine Pendant Necklace, Diamond Accents in Gold. 18"
Make a color statement with this fabulously glamorous 5.67 carat citrine pendant necklace! Accented with diamonds. It is sure to be the alluring center of attention every time you wear it. Box chain and springring clasp, 14kt yellow gold necklace....Only $206.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo5.67ct Citrine Pendant Necklace, Diamond Accents in Gold. 18"
$206.50
Ross-Simons
.90ct t.w. Citrine Koi Pendant Necklace, Diamonds, Emeralds Over Sterling. 18"
Go fish. This playful koi pendant necklace glistens with .90 ct. t.w. citrines and accents of diamonds and emeralds. Includes a rope chain with a springring clasp. Satin-finished and polished 18kt yellow gold over sterling silver pendant necklace with...Only $150.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo.90ct t.w. Citrine Koi Pendant Necklace, Diamonds, Emeralds Over Sterling. 18"
$150.00
Ross-Simons
Round Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Tanzanite & 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 Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Tanzanite & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Trio Oval Gemstone Bracelet in Sterling Silver, One Size
Show your true colors with this gemstone bracelet crafted in sterling silver featuring more than 100 oval amethyst, garnet, citrine, blue topaz, and peridot gemstones in a flexible triple line design.Only $250.00 at Blue Nile
no photoTrio Oval Gemstone Bracelet in Sterling Silver, One Size
$250.00
Blue Nile
Round Fire Opal Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Yellow Sapphire - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $190.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Fire Opal Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Yellow Sapphire - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$190.00
Gemvara
Madeira Citrine Round Bezel-Set Ring in Sterling Silver, One Size
Refined and timeless, this citrine gemstone ring fashionably stands out, set in an open bezel frame of sterling silver.Only $53.00 at Blue Nile
no photoMadeira Citrine Round Bezel-Set Ring in Sterling Silver, One Size
$53.00
Blue Nile
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Ring - Timeless Knot Ring
An elegant ring with a 5mm center stone, this knot is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $190.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Ring - Timeless Knot Ring
$190.00
Gemvara
Round Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver 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 Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rock Crystal & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Double Embrace Ring
Two, 4mm round-cut gemstones are held in the curve of this stunning, contemporary design. Choose your gems and metal.Only $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Double Embrace Ring
$210.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Citrine - Love Letters 'E' Pendant With Gem
You choose the lowercase letter below and the meaning behind it. Artisans handcraft the precious metal of your choice in a single flowing line, and accent the design with your favorite gem. The chain threads directly through the letter.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Citrine - Love Letters 'E' Pendant With Gem
$135.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
This precious pendant holds a 3.5mm, round-cut stone and is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
$135.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Citrine - Love Letters 'B' Pendant With Gem
You choose the lowercase letter below and the meaning behind it. Artisans handcraft the precious metal of your choice in a single flowing line, and accent the design with your favorite gem. The chain threads directly through the letter.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Citrine - Love Letters 'B' Pendant With Gem
$135.00
Gemvara
Men's Round Citrine Sterling Silver Ring - Splash Ring
This detailed, masculine ring features a single, prong-set, 6mm stone and is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoMen's Round Citrine Sterling Silver Ring - Splash Ring
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & 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 Peridot Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
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