Citrine: Gemstone Basics

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This article will cover various aspects of Citrines. Including Citrine Treatments, Symbolism, What are Citrines? Origins and Color. Humans have loved citrines throughout history. Also known as the November birthstone, it is considered one of the most popular types of gems to collect.

What are Citrines?

Citrines are one of the many variations of quartz. Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. Even still, naturally occurring and untreated examples are considered quite rare. It has a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a suitable gem for jewelry.

It is a fun gem because of its abundance of material available that cutters can use to make fun and exciting designs that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do with precious gems. This is because you lose a lot of rough by doing specialty cuts. With rarer gems, this is like throwing money in the garbage, whereas specialty cuts can add value to a gem like citrine.

Deep Gold Citrine – Handcut to look like a flower

Citrine Color

Many of the world’s best citrines come from Brazil. They are a type 2 gemstone, so it is relatively easy to find them with minimal to no inclusions. Alongside Smoky Quartz, these are some of the more valued versions of quartz. Citrines come in orange, yellow, gold, and Madera. Madera is a deep orange color with splashes of red.

They can be found worldwide, but Bolivia and Spain are two other sources of high-quality citrine. It can get its color either from iron impurities or trace amounts of aluminum. Most citrine available on the market comes from smokey quartz or amethyst receiving heat treatment. Natural with no treatments are available, but these are considered quite rare in nature. Making them more valuable than the heat-treated version.

Citrine Treatments?

Heat treatment is standard for many gems, and citrines are no different. as stated above, many citrines on the market come from heat-treating smokey quartz or amethyst to produce yellow to orange colors.

Untreated and natural Citrines remain affordable compared to other yellow stones, such as yellow sapphires, so you should stick to untreated stones when shopping for citrines. While there’s nothing wrong with treated versions, you should always be aware of this and the distinction between the two before the sale.

Citrine Symbolism

Known as the sunshine stone, citrine symbolism has been loved by people since as early as 300BC. It is also known as the November birthstone. Some people believe in and use citrine for the gems healing properties associated with it. Some people also believe they increase your optimism and bring cheerfulness into your life.

Others say that it can help aid in digestion and improve one’s mental clarity. Another name is “The Merchant Stone,” some believe it can help attract wealth. To the point that it’s suggested you keep a citrine in your purse or wallet. The claim is it’ll help draw money to it and then help you preserve it.

Collecting Gems

Below is a link to all the loose gems we currently have for sale. These are all of the loose natural Citrines we have for sale currently. Gem collecting is a beautiful, fast-growing hobby that people worldwide enjoy.


Published by East Liberty Coins and Gems

East Liberty Coins & Gems. We are an online Precious Metal & Gem Dealer. We carry Bullion, Numismatics coins, Ancient coins, and Precious gems (Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires/Coming in 2022). All orders ship from Halifax NovaScotia, Canada.

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