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 Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Iolite - 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 Citrine Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Iolite - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver 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 Red Garnet Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Black Diamond Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & 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 Black Diamond Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Blue Topaz - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $155.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Blue Topaz - Remember Forever Ring
$155.00
Gemvara
2.00 Carat Citrine Solitaire Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold. 18"
A sunny 2.00 carat bezel-set citrine is all this solitaire necklace needs to brighten up your look. On a cable chain with a springring clasp. 14kt yellow gold necklace. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $164.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.00 Carat Citrine Solitaire Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold. 18"
$164.50
Ross-Simons
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & 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 Emerald Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Smoky Quartz & 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 Smoky Quartz & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round White Sapphire Sterling Silver 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 $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound White Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
.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
2.50 ct. t.w. Bezel-Set Citrine Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
For just the right amount of bright, try these 2.50 ct. t.w. bezel-set citrine drop earrings. Leverback, 14kt yellow gold earrings. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $145.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.50 ct. t.w. Bezel-Set Citrine Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$145.00
Ross-Simons
Round Black Diamond Sterling Silver 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 Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$190.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst 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 Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring with Peridot & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
3.50ct t.w. Citrine, 2.30ct t.w. White Topaz Pendant in Silver
This open oval 3.50 ct. t.w. citrine and 2.30 ct. t.w. white topaz pendant is a sunny delight. Cheerful pendant features marquise white topaz and citrines and is topped with a singular citrine round. Single bale fits up to a 1mm chain, sold separately....Only $85.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo3.50ct t.w. Citrine, 2.30ct t.w. White Topaz Pendant in Silver
$85.00
Ross-Simons
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
The open band of this stylish ring cradles three brilliant bezel-set gems.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Yellow Sapphire Sterling Silver 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 $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Yellow Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
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