Citrine is one of the most valued and popular gemstone of the quartz group and it is also known as “November birthstone”. This sparkling and colorful gemstone occurs naturally with beautiful golden and brownish-orange hues. The stone has been in use from past thousand years. In the 17th century, people used it to decorate weaponry items like dagger handles.
Properties of Citrine gemstone
- As a member of the quartz mineral group, it is rated 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large scope, unresponsive to the scratches.
- It occurs in translucent as well as transparent shade.
- Often known as “stone of the mind” due to a popular belief that it helps in increasing the psychic power.
- It is used to calm and soothe distressed conditions due to its healing properties.
- The stone is considered beneficial to the endocrine and digestive system, therefore, used by healers to help relieve depression, digestive problems.
Colors of Citrine
In nature, Citrine's color fluctuates from lemon yellow to reddish brown. One can find deep orange color citrine that are actually heat-treated amethysts. In Brazil, brownish amethysts are heated under heat of the sun (not direct) naturally to alter their color. At high temperature, the low-grade and low-cost amethyst is treated to produce the most valued orange, reddish and sherry colored citrine.
In terms of price per carat, the top position is taken by the most saturated yellows, oranges and reddish tones. The ones with relatively less intense color fall into lower value ranges. As with any gemstone custom-cutting escalates value and insertions decrease it.
Citrine in Jewelry
As mentioned earlier, most of the citrine sold today is low-quality and low-cost amethyst that transforms into yellow after treatment with heat. It is quite disturbing, specifically if you are looking for genuine citrine gemstone or jewelry.
It is always advisable to buy genuine citrine rings or jewelry from the reliable sources, and to keep in mind that treated amethyst are always less expensive than the natural one. The natural gemstones are found typically in pale yellow shades, rather than in intense colors as seen in most jewelry sold as citrine.
This yellow-golden gemstone is cut into the cushion, square, or round shapes for jewelry purpose. It is mixed with other gemstones for the creation of citrine rings. Chunky, solitaire, and eternity are a few popular ring designs when it comes to this colorful gemstone.
Origin of Citrine
Major amount of the gemstone comes from Brazil, but a large percentage of the material is heat-treated amethyst. Others areas where natural gemstone is largely available are the Ural Mountains of Russia, France, and Madagascar.
Citrine comes at low cost and preferred for its durability and healing properties, which makes it one of the most adorned gems in the world. And, therefore, citrine jewelry is also gaining popularity amongst the November birthstone lovers all across the globe.