Citrine is a beautiful yellow stone. It is a popular more affordable alternative to the much more expensive yellow sapphire or yellow diamond. To create beautiful multi-colored jewelry, it is often combined with other stones such as: amethyst, peridot, and garnet.
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Citrine is yellow quartz. Natural citrine colors range from a very pale yellow to a pale orange. It has a hardness of 7.
Most citrine on the market is heat treated amethyst. When citrine gem stone is heat treated it gets a reddish tint. Treated citrine is often dark orange brown to reddish brown. Untreated gems do not have the distinctive red tint, though the heat of the earth has changed some amethyst crystals to brown citrine.
Citrine can be easily scratched. Citrine gem stone often permenantly changes color if left in the sunlight for several hours.
Where It Is Found
- November Birthstone: Modern and Traditional Birthstone
- Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Planetary Stone
Citrine is the anniversary gemstone for the 17th year of marriage.
Actual Gem-related books:
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Gemisphere Luminary - by Michael Katz
This is my favorite reference for the mystical properties of gemstones.
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Citrine is said to help one connect with Spirit. It can aid in connecting to ones inner guidance. This gem may also help ease depression and lethargy.
Citrine is given as a symbol of hope, youth, health, and fidelity.
The name "Citrine" is derived from the French word for lemon.
Why is Citrine yellow?
Quartz filled up with so much sunshine that it turned yellow.