Citrine Quick Facts
Color: Ranges in color from pale yellow to brownish orange
Mohs Hardness Scale: 7
Symbolism & Meaning: Health, happiness and success
Official Birthstone Month: November
Zodiac Signs: Scorpio and Sagittarius
Other Recognitions: Traditional gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary
What is Citrine
Citrine is a member of the common quartz family and a sister gem to amethyst. Most commercial citrine today is heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz, whose color comes from iron. Heat enhancement is routinely performed to create colors that vary from pure yellow to honey-gold to smoky brown. Citrine is very abundant and affordable and is most commonly found in Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, Spain, France and the United States.
Citrine Color, Characteristics & Value
Natural color citrine is rare and usually pale yellow. Inclusions of manganese and titanium cause the pale yellow color. Heat-treated quartz citrine has deep colored tips of yellow, gold or brown and a milky-white base. This treatment requires no special care and is considered permanent. Generally, the most valued types of citrine quartz are an intense orange color.
Citrine Care & Cleaning
Citrine is easily cared for, requiring cleaning with a gentle solution made specifically for jewelry. Borsheims also offers small “ultrasonic” cleaners that clean your jewelry with high-frequency sound. It is important to have your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked three to four times a year. When not worn, citrine jewelry should be stored in a jewelry box lined with soft fabric.
Citrine Jewelry & Gift Ideas
Whether you are looking for a gift for someone else or yourself, Borsheims has a wide selection of citrine jewelry to choose from. Citrine is the official birthstone for November and the traditional gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary.