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 Promise Ring - Searchlight Ring
A single gleaming, round-cut stone sits atop this bubbled, modern band, handcrafted in your choice of gemstones and metals.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Searchlight Ring
$135.00
Gemvara
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
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Tanzanite - 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 Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Tanzanite - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Rock Crystal - 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 Red Garnet & Rock Crystal - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Fire Opal 14K Rose Gold Engagement Ring with Citrine & Fire Opal - Sabrina Ring
A brilliant center gemstone is accentuated by the femininity of a delicate gem-set band in this enchanting ring. The center stone is available in a range of sizes.Only $900.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Fire Opal 14K Rose Gold Engagement Ring with Citrine & Fire Opal - Sabrina Ring
$900.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet - 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 Red Garnet - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & 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 Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
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 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 Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Blue Topaz & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby 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 $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
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
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby & Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
The open band of this stylish ring cradles three brilliant bezel-set gems.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby & Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
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