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Gemstone Love: Citrine

education & resources

Birthstone month: November
Color: Citrines range from pale honey yellow to deep brownish or reddish orange
Family: Quartz
Moh's Hardness: 7
Transparency: Transparent to semi-transparent


Citrine is from the quartz family, which includes other colorful stones such as agate, amethyst, chalcedony, jasper, rose quartz, smoky quartz, and tiger's eye. In fact, since natural citrine is rare, most citrines you see are actually heat-treated amethyst (GIA).

Christine Alaniz Designs Protea Pendant in sterling silver with a round, faceted citrine gemstone in the center


Because amethyst and citrine are both from the quartz family, occasionally a bi-colored hybrid gemstone will occur, aptly named ametrine. Ametrine displays a transition in color from amethyst's purple to citrine's yellow.


The citrine gemstone is transformed into a variety of shapes and cuts, from faceted to cabochon. It looks especially brilliant set into warm 18kt yellow gold.

Christine Alaniz Designs 18kt Yellow gold oval cabochon citrine and diamond ring with bezel settings for all stones


Citrines are an excellent choice for everyday jewelry because they're fairly durable, inexpensive, and have such a rich color. Do you prefer your citrines set in silver or gold?


xo,
Christine


Sources:


Citrine Gemstone | Natural Citrine Stone - GIA, https://www.gia.edu/citrine#gem-overview


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