Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz.
Along with topaz, citrine is a birthstone for November. It’s also recognized as the gem that commemorates the thirteenth anniversary.
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
A trace of iron in citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color.
Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of amethyst.
Citrine is recognized as one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones.
green tourmalines colored by copper.
Even fine citrine has a modest price tag. Large gems remain affordable, as price per carat does not rise dramatically for larger sizes.
Giant hollow crystal-lined amethyst geodes from areas like Brazil are often heated to become giant citrine “cathedrals.”
In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colors can occur together in the same crystal. These unique gems are called ametrine.
The following factors combine to determine a citrine’s value.