Citrine

Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz.

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Along with topaz, citrine is a birthstone for November. It’s also recognized as the gem that commemorates the thirteenth anniversary.

 

ABOUT CITRINE

Citrine is rare in nature. In the days before modern gemology, its tawny color caused it to be confused with topaz. Today, its attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem. In the contemporary market, citrine’s most popular shade is an earthy, deep, brownish or reddish orange.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

IRON

A trace of iron in citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color.

HEAT

Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of amethyst.

POPULAR

Citrine is recognized as one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones.
green tourmalines colored by copper.

AFFORDABLE

Even fine citrine has a modest price tag. Large gems remain affordable, as price per carat does not rise dramatically for larger sizes.

GEODES

Giant hollow crystal-lined amethyst geodes from areas like Brazil are often heated to become giant citrine “cathedrals.”

AMETRINE

In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colors can occur together in the same crystal. These unique gems are called ametrine.


QUALITY FACTORS

The following factors combine to determine a citrine’s value.

CUT Citrine might be carved, custom-cut, or calibrated for jewelry use.

CUT
Citrine might be carved, custom-cut, or calibrated for jewelry use.

COLOR Vivid yellows, reddish oranges, and earth tones are popular with consumers.

COLOR
Vivid yellows, reddish oranges, and earth tones are popular with consumers.

CLARITY Eye-visible inclusions are not common in citrine. If present, they decrease its value.

CLARITY
Eye-visible inclusions are not common in citrine. If present, they decrease its value.

CARAT WEIGHT Citrine is available in a wide range of sizes for setting into a variety of jewelry styles.

CARAT WEIGHT
Citrine is available in a wide range of sizes for setting into a variety of jewelry styles.