Citrine gemstones are available in a variety of colors reminiscent of citrus fruits, ranging from pale yellow to deep reddish-orange, which is reminiscent of Madeira wine in color. In fact, the word "citron" is derived from the French word for lemon, which is "citronette." With its upbeat colors, citrine conjures up visions of the warmth of mid-day sunlight.
Citrine is the alternate birthstone for November, and it is a gemstone that everyone can appreciate.
Facts About Citrine
Citrine is a member of the quartz family and is related to rock crystal, amethyst, prasiolite (a rare, greenish variety of quartz), and agate, among other minerals (a variety of chalcedony).
Brazil is one of the world's major suppliers of citrine, and Bolivia has emerged as a major producer as well. Namibia, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Zambia are among the countries where it can be found as well.
Citrine has a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it a fairly durable gemstone to wear.
Citrine gemstones are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, most commonly as cabochons or beads, and they can also be carved for ornamental purposes.
Treatment with Citrine
The majority of citrines begin life as amethysts that have been heat-treated to turn yellow to reddish orange in color. Under the majority of conditions, the heat treatment is considered stable. Any treatments should be made known to the prospective buyer.
Citrine That Has Been Synthesized
Man-made citrine, as opposed to naturally occurring, means that it is created in a laboratory rather than being mined, and this should be understood by the seller and clearly disclosed to the buyer.
Cleaning And Caring For Citrine
Store each piece of fine jewelry separately in a soft cloth or padded container to prevent scratching and wear on the surface of the jewelry.
Citrine can be faded or damaged by exposure to high temperatures.
With warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth, citrine jewelry can be cleaned most effectively.
Visit a professional jeweler at least twice a year to have all of your fine jewelry cleaned and inspected for a thorough cleaning and inspection.
See our comprehensive guide to jewelry cleaning and maintenance.
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