Citrine Gemstone Description:

The name “citrine” arises from the Greek word meaning citron because of its color resemblance to the citrus fruit. Citrine is a natural, yellow to golden brown colored, semi-precious gemstone from the Quartz family. Like all quartz, citrine is made of oxygen and silicon atoms arranged in a triangular pyramidal pattern. Citrine is found in many locations, including Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay.

General Information:

A variety or type of: Quartz
Chemical Formula SiO2
Lustre Vitreous
Mohs Hardness 7
Specific Gravity 2.65
Fracture Conchoidal
Citrine Treatments Routinely produced by heat-treatment of (smoky) amethyst: reddish tint, may show reddish-brown hematite inclusions (surrounded by crack).

Crystallography of Citrine:

Crystal System Trigonal
Habit Hexagonal Prisms with Pyramids

 

Citrine Color:

Citrine’s attractive color, plus the affordability and durability it shares with other quartzes, making it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem. A saturated yellow to reddish-orange color free of brownish tints is prized in citrine. However, in the contemporary market, citrine’s most popular shade is an earthy hue (a deep brownish or reddish-orange). Considering natural citrine is rare, most of the citrine on the market is the effect of heat treatment, which causes some amethyst to turn color from pale purple to attractive yellow. It is the hue that determines the richness of the resulting citrine’s yellow.

Color Light yellow to dark yellow, gold-brown
Transparency Transparent, Translucent

 

Citrine Clarity:

Collectors, Jewelers, and Dealers look for citrines having no visible inclusion of color zoning. Countless of the facet grade citrine in the market is eye-clean, meaning it lacks inclusions.

 

Citrine Cut:

Although citrine is widely available in conventional shapes and sizes, in recent years, many high-end jewelry designers and gem cutters have fashioned the warm yellow gem into unusual cuts for jewelry and carvings. As with all facet grade stones, the cutter’s skill makes a huge difference in the polished product. Someone who knows how to maximize light while evading large dull windows in the stones will craft a much higher quality stone with the same rough as someone who is new and still learning this craft.

 

Citrine Carat:

Citrine crystals occur in a wide variety of sizes, and cabochon, facet grade citrines of up to twenty carats are readily available for designer cutting.

Below table shows the heaviest and the lightest citrine ever recorded

Lightest (faceted) 0.26 cts
Heaviest (faceted) 20,200 cts (MALANGA CITRINE)

 

Citrine Localities:

Enormous deposits of citrine are located worldwide; some of the documented deposits are followed!

Country Mines
Bolivia Anahi Mine
Brazil Sapo Mine, Sertaozinho pegmatite
Canada Ontario Gem Mine
Madagascar Antsahalava Pegmatite, Isahara Pegmatite Field, Bevitsika Massif
Myanmar Ah-chauk-taw, Kabaing
Sri Lanka Gem Gravels Mine
Uruguay Artigas Mines

Citrine Associations:

Chakras Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Crown Chakra
Birthstone November
Zodiac Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra
Anniversary 13th
Planet Jupiter

Healing Properties of Citrine:

Creativity, Confidence, Comfort, Energy, Generosity, Happiness, Moderation, Prosperity, Pleasure, Protection, Strength, Stability, Success.

  • Citrine raises self-confidence and self-esteem as well as energizes every level of life.
  • It attracts wealth, prosperity, and success as well as enhances the IQ level.
  • It supports in balancing one’s emotions by releasing negative traits, depression, and fears.
  • Citrine is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes as it helps balance chemical imbalance in the body.
  • Astrologists recommend citrine to gain wealth, functional social status, higher knowledge, health, and progeny bliss.

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