Sunny and affordable, citrine blends especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. This yellow to gold quartz is readily available; in fact the largest faceted gemstone in the record book is a 19,548 carat citrine.
Named from the French term for lemon, citron, many citrines have a juicy “lemon” color.
In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
Sometimes you will hear citrine incorrectly referred to as topaz quartz. Since topaz is different mineral, the industry has ruled to eliminate this name.
Along with topaz, citrine is one of the US birthstones for November.
Citrine includes transparent quart from yellow to “honey” to orangy brown.
Although the darker orangy brown to reddish orange color, called Madeira citrine, has traditionally been the most valued, recently the bright “lemon” color has been more popular.
Citrine is generally more affordable that amethyst, its quartz sibling. Like all quartz gems, citrine is relatively plentiful and is available in a wide range fo sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. Citrine is also popular for designer cuts and carvings.
Most citrine on the market began as amethyst that was heated to turn its color to “gold”
Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, It’s durable and great for everyday wear.
Clean citrine with mild dish soap: use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.
Citrine jewelry should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat.
Be sure to have all your jewelry professionally inspected and cleaned with us whenever you like. We recommend seeing us at least twice a year. Memorial Day and Thanksgiving are two holidays to use as reminders. Of course, if you have a special occasion, please come see us anytime.
Some information is from the GIA web site.