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CITRINE, the yellow and orange variety of quartz

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
Princess-Cut Citrine Eternity Ring Band 14k Yellow Gold (1.36ct)
This exquisite womens stacking gemstone ring consists of thirty-four princess-cut citrine gemstones set in a 14k Yellow Gold channel setting. The November birthstones are circling around this gold ring, making it the perfect gift idea for her. Wear...Only $660.00 at Allurez.com
no photoPrincess-Cut Citrine Eternity Ring Band 14k Yellow Gold (1.36ct)
$660.00
Allurez.com
Ross-Simons 3.25ct t.w. Citrine Ring, White Topaz, Diamond Accents in Silver
Our succulent statement ring showcases 3.25 ct. t.w. citrines, .50 ct. t.w. white topaz and diamond accents. Sterling silver ring. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 3.25ct t.w. Citrine Ring, White Topaz, Diamond Accents in Silver
$195.00
Ross-Simons
Jaipur Citrine Stud Earrings - Marco Bicego
Hand-engraved 18-karat yellow gold settings. Round-cut citrine center. Approx. 1/2in diameter. Post backs.Only $495.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoJaipur Citrine Stud Earrings - Marco Bicego
$495.00
Neiman Marcus
Five Stone Citrine Ring 14k Yellow Gold (2.20ctw)
This fancy citrine five stone ring for ladies features 5 citrine stones beautifully set in a vibrant 14kt yellow gold shared-prong setting. Also available in other carat weights. This designer ring showcasing the November birthstone would be the...Only $680.00 at Allurez.com
no photoFive Stone Citrine Ring 14k Yellow Gold (2.20ctw)
$680.00
Allurez.com
Ross-Simons 1.30 Carat Citrine and .11 ct. t.w. Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver
Detailed with fancy, swirling designs, this ring showcases a colorful 1.30 carat cushion-cut citrine, sparked by .11 ct. t.w. diamonds along the sides. Sterling silver ring. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.30 Carat Citrine and .11 ct. t.w. Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver
$195.00
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 23.00 ct. t.w. Multi-Stone Station Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold
Colorful gemstones in a creative mix of round, oval, and pear shapes. This 23.00 ct. t.w. multi-stone station necklace parades bezel-set green amethyst, lemon quartz, blue topaz, purple amethyst, citrine, and smoky quartz. Lobster clasp, 14kt yellow...Only $595.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 23.00 ct. t.w. Multi-Stone Station Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold
$595.00
Ross-Simons
Natural Agate Delphinium Ring - Stephen Dweck
Oval natural agate stone. Sterling silver setting forms delphinium motif. Round-cut citrine adorns floral centers. Signature Stephen Dweck floral and foliage motif alludes to the designer's love of nature. 1 1/4inL.Only $415.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoNatural Agate Delphinium Ring - Stephen Dweck
$415.00
Neiman Marcus
Ross-Simons 5.85 ct. t.w. Citrine Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
Our almost-hoop 5.85 ct. t.w. citrine earrings are sure to turn any frown upside down! The citrine briolettes dangle enticingly like honey droplets. A bright pair of earwire, 14kt yellow gold earrings. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for...Only $168.75 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 5.85 ct. t.w. Citrine Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$168.75
Ross-Simons
Heat-Treated Citrine & Lab-Created White Sapphire Drop Earrings, Womens
Showcase your colorful side with these citrine and white sapphire drop earrings. Swaying from desirable leverbacks, each is a dangling delight. Metal: Rhodium-plated 14K yellow gold over sterling silverStones: Heat-treated citrines, 8x6mmOther Stones:...Only $145.81 at jcpenney
no photoHeat-Treated Citrine & Lab-Created White Sapphire Drop Earrings, Womens
$145.81
jcpenney
Ross-Simons 334.30 Lapis, 6.45ct t.w. Citrine Tassel Necklace Over Silver. 36"
Our lapis bead necklace leads the eye to fabulous, on-trend tassels! Navy blue lapis gemstones total an eye-popping 334.30 carats. Accented with contrasting, yellow 6.45 ct. t.w. citrine. Necklace presented in polished 18kt gold over sterling silver.Only $243.75 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 334.30 Lapis, 6.45ct t.w. Citrine Tassel Necklace Over Silver. 36"
$243.75
Ross-Simons
Batu Bamboo 18k Gold Citrine Signet Ring, Size 7 - John Hardy
Speaking to an elegant bohemian sensibility, this gold John Hardy ring was inspired by the natural beauty, strength, and versatility of bamboo. From the Bamboo Collection. 18-karat yellow gold. Oval-cut, bezel-set Madeira citrine center. Handcrafted in...Only $700.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoBatu Bamboo 18k Gold Citrine Signet Ring, Size 7 - John Hardy
$700.00
Neiman Marcus
Lemon Citrine Cuff - Dina Mackney
A striking statement piece, this Dina Mackney cuff is set in modern, matte 24-karat gold vermeil and adorned with light-lauding lemon citrine facets. 24-karat yellow gold vermeil. Lemon citrine marquise-cut stations. Approximately 1 1/4inW. Opening for...Only $589.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoLemon Citrine Cuff - Dina Mackney
$589.00
Neiman Marcus
Ross-Simons 37.45 ct. t.w. Citrine Tennis Necklace in Sterling Silver. 16"
A classic 37.45 ct. t.w. yellow citrine tennis necklace ablaze with color and beauty. You'll find yourself reaching for this beauty time and time again! Box clasp. Sterling silver necklace. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $300.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 37.45 ct. t.w. Citrine Tennis Necklace in Sterling Silver. 16"
$300.00
Ross-Simons
5.58 CTW Genuine Citrine 18K Gold / Sterling Silver Ring
DESIGNER'S NOTES This beautiful citrine gemstone flower ring has the perfect vintage touch. Set in 18k yellow gold plated sterling silver will dress up any outfit. Product Type Ring material gold plated silver color yellow quality 18K/925 total item...Only $74.00 at www.gemroc.com
no photo5.58 CTW Genuine Citrine 18K Gold / Sterling Silver Ring
$74.00
www.gemroc.com
4.58 CTW Citrine Sterling Silver Ring
Product Type:Ring condition:brand new material:sterling silver color:silver quality:925 total item weight:6.4g total gemstone carat weight:4.58ctw gemstone:citrine quantity/ctw:1/3.62ctw shape:checkerboard color:yellow gemstone:cubic zirconia...Only $124.00 at www.gemroc.com
no photo4.58 CTW Citrine Sterling Silver Ring
$124.00
www.gemroc.com

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