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
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
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Iolite - 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 Iolite - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
"White Gold 0.49 Ct Square Cut Citrine Ring Surround It"
"A gorgeous 14k white gold ring with 0.49ct square cut citrine surrounded by 0.10 ct ct diamonds and the measurements are 21.22 mm width 7.89 mm height"Only $283.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"White Gold 0.49 Ct Square Cut Citrine Ring Surround It"
$283.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Fire Opal & Citrine - Double Knots Ring
This gorgeous, contemporary setting forms a pair of knots, each enclosing a stunning, 3mm, prong-set stone. It's carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Fire Opal & Citrine - Double Knots Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Citrine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $185.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Citrine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
This three-gemstone bamboo ring makes a refined statement alone, or combines well with other bamboo rings.Only $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$210.00
Gemvara
Round London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Amethyst - 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 & Amethyst - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Black Diamond Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
This three-gemstone bamboo ring makes a refined statement alone, or combines well with other bamboo rings.Only $190.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Black Diamond Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$190.00
Gemvara
Madeira Citrine Stationed Necklace in Sterling Silver, One Size
Simply chic, this gemstone necklace features five bezel-set madeira citrine gemstones stationed along a sterling silver cable chain.Only $119.00 at Blue Nile
no photoMadeira Citrine Stationed Necklace in Sterling Silver, One Size
$119.00
Blue Nile
Round Tanzanite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & 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 Tanzanite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & 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 Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Iolite Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Red Garnet - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
The open band of this stylish ring cradles three brilliant bezel-set gems.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Iolite Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Red Garnet - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Double Knots Ring
This gorgeous, contemporary setting forms a pair of knots, each enclosing a stunning, 3mm, prong-set stone. It's carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $170.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & Citrine - Double Knots Ring
$170.00
Gemvara
Round Black Onyx Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Black Onyx & 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 $195.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Black Onyx Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Black Onyx & Citrine - Venus Band
$195.00
Gemvara
Cushion Citrine Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Citrine - Tahlia Ring
A 5mm, cushion-cut center stone and two 4mm, trillion-cut accent gems dazzle in a delicate, basket setting, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoCushion Citrine Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Citrine - Tahlia Ring
$215.00
Gemvara
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