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 Sapphire Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 Vintage-Inspired Ring with Smoky Quartz & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
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
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Petite Claddagh Ring
A petite version of the traditional Irish Claddagh Ring. This ring is given as a token of love or marriage and is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $130.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Petite Claddagh Ring
$130.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with White Sapphire & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
3.51ct Citrine, .21ct t.w. Diamond Pendant Necklace in Gold. 16"
The lush look of this 3.51 carat citrine and .21 ct. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamond pendant necklace makes it a sophisticated daytime choice and a truly elegant evening accessory. The chain is kissed by twinkling bezel-set round brilliant-cut...Only $747.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo3.51ct Citrine, .21ct t.w. Diamond Pendant Necklace in Gold. 16"
$747.50
Ross-Simons
Round London Blue Topaz 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & 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
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Blue Topaz & Pink Tourmaline - 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 Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Blue Topaz & Pink Tourmaline - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst 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 Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
Less is more in this sleek solitaire ring with round brilliant-cut center. Delicate, feminine and simply stylish, this ring is perfect worn alone or stacked. Different stone sizes and band widths are available.Only $165.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Citrine Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
$165.00
Gemvara
2.05ct Citrine Pendant Necklace, Diamonds in Silver. 18"
Our pendant necklace places a 2.05 carat cushion-cut citrine front and center, showcasing it in a border of glinting diamond accents. Works beautifully as a November birthstone piece. Presented on a classic cable chain with a springring clasp. Sterling...Only $71.25 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.05ct Citrine Pendant Necklace, Diamonds in Silver. 18"
$71.25
Ross-Simons
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
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
Sterling Silver Peridot & Citrine Flower Earrings, Womens
A pretty citrine flower is accented by sparkling green peridot leaves on these beautiful blooming earrings. Metal: Sterling silverStone: 5x2.5mm genuine peridot and citrineBack: LeverbackDimensions: 11.2x28.7mmGemstones may be treated and may require...Only $166.65 at jcpenney
no photoSterling Silver Peridot & Citrine Flower Earrings, Womens
$166.65
jcpenney
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & 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 Amethyst & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
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