Citrine is one of the most affordable gemstones, thanks to the durability and availability
of this golden quartz. Named from the French name for lemon,"citron," many citrines
have a juicy lemon color.
Citrine includes yellow to gold to orange brown shades of transparent quartz. Sunny
and affordable, citrine can brighten almost any jewelry style, blending especially well
with the yellow gleam of polished gold.
In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil
Although the darker, orange colors of citrine, sometimes called Madeira citrine after the
color of the wine, has generally been the most valued color, in modern times, many
people prefer the bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colors. Citrine is
generally more inexpensive than amethyst and is also available in a wide range of
calibrated sizes and shapes, including very large sizes.
Most citrine is mined in Brazil. Supply of citrine is good from the Brazilian state of Rio
Grande do Sul, particularly from the Serra mine, which is producing 300 kilos a month of
hammered goods. The Iraâ mine produces an additional 100 kilos a month of hammered
Sometimes you will hear citrine referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. This
name was used in the past in reference to the color, which is sometimes similar to the
color of topaz. Since topaz is a separate mineral, this type of name can be confusing
and should not be used. However, citrine is considered an alternative to topaz as the
birthstone for November.
Since most citrine on the market started its life as amethyst which was heated to turn its
color to gold, citrine jewelry, as well as amethyst jewelry, should be kept away from
prolonged exposure to strong light or heat. With this precaution, citrine jewelry will last
for many generations.
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