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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with 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 Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Fire Opal & Smoky Quartz - 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 Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Fire Opal & Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
18.00 ct. t.w. Citrine Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
Lovely lemony drops! These 18.00 ct. t.w. pear-shaped citrine drop earrings are capped with 14kt gold beads and citrine accents. Leverback, sterling silver earrings. Citrine birthstones are the perfect gift for November birthdays.Only $65.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo18.00 ct. t.w. Citrine Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
$65.00
Ross-Simons
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Peridot - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Peridot - Written in the Stars Ring
$215.00
Gemvara
Jewelryweb Sterling Silver Rhodium Pear Citrine Cross Pendant QTP159983NC
Jewelryweb Sterling Silver Rhodium Pear Citrine Cross Pendant Features: -Pendant.-Chain not included.-Metal type: Rhodium-plated-silver.-Metal stamp: 925-sterling.-Stone treatment method 2: Not-treated.-Stone cut 3: Good-cut.-Stone shape 3:...Only $66.39 at Wayfair
no photoJewelryweb Sterling Silver Rhodium Pear Citrine Cross Pendant QTP159983NC
$66.39
Wayfair
Love Grows Citrine & White Topaz Heart Earrings, Womens
Two hearts connected as one. A ribbon of white topaz joins together heart-shaped citrine with rhodium-plated, sterling silver hearts, creating earrings as unique as your love. Metal: Rhodium-plated sterling silverStones: Genuine citrine, 4mmOther...Only $62.49 at jcpenney
no photoLove Grows Citrine & White Topaz Heart Earrings, Womens
$62.49
jcpenney
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Emerald & Peridot - Garden Treasure Ring
A beaming center gem rests atop a studded floral arrangement and a thin, gem-accented wreath. It's a dazzling member of our collection.Only $850.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Emerald & Peridot - Garden Treasure Ring
$850.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Citrine - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
This three-gemstone bamboo ring makes a refined statement alone, or combines well with other bamboo rings.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Citrine - Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$175.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rhodolite 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 $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
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 $99.99 at jcpenney
no photoHeat-Treated Citrine & Lab-Created White Sapphire Drop Earrings, Womens
$99.99
jcpenney
Round Yellow Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & 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 Yellow Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with 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 Mother's Ring with Citrine - Double Embrace Ring
$210.00
Gemvara
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