Citrine Jewelry

Citrine jewelry makes the perfect gift for a birthday in November. This gemstone actually belongs to the quartz family, although it is often mistakenly referred to as topaz. Almost all citrine jewelry is made with heat-treated amethyst. While this can occur naturally when amethyst is exposed to heating in the ground, gems are often cut and then heat-treated to control uniformity. Certain varieties of smoky quartz may also be heat-treated to create gemstones for citrine jewelry.

The name citrine comes from the old French word citron meaning yellow. While natural citrine is not very common, other forms of quartz are and the rich golden-orange to very dark orange color keeps citrine jewelry in high demand. It should be noted that citrine, although very similar to yellow topaz, is considered less valuable. Be wary of citrine jewelry that is marketed using prefix names such as "gold topaz, citrine topaz or Brazilian topaz". Though Imperial, Oriental and Precious topaz are documented varieties.

With a Moh's scale of hardness rating at 7, citrine jewelry may be worn frequently and cleaned with gem cleaner to maintain its brilliance. As with any gemstone, care should be take to avoid scratching or directly hitting.


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