FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CITRINE


Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about citrine. From color and clarity to care and cleaning, we've got you covered!


WHAT IS THE MEANING OF CITRINE?



Citrine comes from the French term "citron" which means lemon. It is also derived from the Latin term "citrina" because of its pale yellow citrusy color and iron content.


WHAT IS CITRINE MADE OF?



Citrine stones are a type of quartz made up of two of the most common materials on earth, silicon, and oxygen.


HOW CITRINE IS FORMED?



Most citrine on the market forms when amethyst and smokey quartz undergo a heat treatment process, either natural or induced.


WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF CITRINE?



Some properties of citrine include having a mineral hardness of 7 on the Mohls Scale (meaning it is a relatively tough stone), a vitreous luster, no cleavage, and a transparent to translucent appearance.


WHAT ARE THE METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF CITRINE?



Citrine spiritual properties include increased manifestation abilities, creativity, and personal will. Citrine spiritual properties are warm and comforting, energizing, and life-giving, owing to the solar energy. It activates the chakras, like sunlight in the springtime, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action.


CAN CITRINE BE CLEAR?



Yes, clear citrine quartz is legit. However, clear citrine quartz is relatively rare. Most citrine has some color impurities that give it a yellow, orange, or brown tint.


CAN CITRINE GO IN WATER?



Yes, citrine can go in water. Citrine is a variety of quartz that is abundant in nature and does not dissolve in water.


CAN CITRINE GO IN SALT WATER?



In general, putting citrine in salt water for an extended period of time is not advisable as it can lead to breakage or discoloration of the stone. If you must cleanse your citrine in salt water, rinse it thoroughly afterward and dry it completely to prevent further damage.


CAN CITRINE BE IN THE SUN?



Citrine is a translucent quartz that you should not expose to sunlight. If you expose citrine to sunlight, its color will change due to the trace iron in it being affected by UV radiation. If you need to cleanse citrine, use a more cautious approach such as running water, smudging, or meditation.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CITRINE VS. TOPAZ?



One difference between citrine vs. topaz is that citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges in color from pale yellow to golden brown. In contrast, topaz is a silicate mineral found in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, red, orange, blue, and green.


Citrine is less hard than topaz, with a Mohs hardness of 7 compared to 8 for topaz. Topaz is also much rarer than citrine. It is common to see citrine over 20 carats, whereas topaz is typically found in sizes less than 10 carats.



HOW MUCH IS CITRINE WORTH PER CARAT?



Citrine value ranges from $5 per carat to $1,000 per carat, depending on the stone's quality.

Citrine value is based on several factors, including color, clarity, and cut. The finest citrine stones are deep yellow in color with few blemishes or inclusions. These stones are also well cut, meaning they are expertly shaped and polished to maximize their beauty. Citrine stones less than one carat in size are typically less valuable than larger stones.


The most valuable citrines are those with deep, rich yellow, orange, and reddish tones. Citrine value decreases proportionately to lesser color intensities (Pale and smoky stones cost less).



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CITRINE VS. AMETHYST?




One difference between citrine vs. amethyst is color. Citrine is a yellow to an orange-brown variety of quartz used as a gemstone, while amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. Both citrine and amethyst are transparent to translucent, but citrine is more likely to be yellow or orange, while amethyst is more likely to be violet in color. Citrine and amethyst are equally as hard, both with a Mohs hardness of 7.


ARE CITRINE AND AMETHYST THE SAME STONE?



No, citrine and amethyst are not the same stone. Citrine is a type of quartz that ranges in color from yellow to orange, while amethyst is a type of quartz that ranges in color from purple to lavender. Although citrine is less valuable than amethyst, it is still considered a semiprecious stone.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL CITRINE VS. HEAT-TREATED AMETHYST?



You might not be aware that over 95% of the citrine on the market is heat-treated citrine or "phony" citrine. To make heat-treated citrine (also known as burnt amethyst), an amethyst crystal is baked at temperatures of approximately 800-900 degrees Fahrenheit, transforming the color to darker hues of orange depending on how long it is "baked."


Untreated citrine is rarer and more valuable than burnt amethyst.


HOW TO SPORT REAL CITRINE?



  1. Inspect the color: Citrine quartz, like most gemstones, has a fairly consistent hue. Hence, a great way to distinguish a real from a fake citrine is to observe the stone's color closely. If the citrine quartz has a different hue at various spots, it might be because it is a fake citrine.
  2. Check the clarity: real citrine stones are recognized for being eye-clean, implying they typically lack any flaws or blemishes you may notice with the naked eye. Hold a white light to examine your citrine stone, illuminating it from all angles. If you notice any flaws or impurities on the stone, it's probably a phony.
  3. Search for bubbles: Colored glass is one of the most frequently used materials in the creation of fake citrine stones. Shine a strong light on your stone and view it through a microscope or jeweler's loupe. If you detect tiny bubbles on the stone, it's likely a counterfeit.


WHAT'S CITRINE GOOD FOR?



Citrine is a popular stone for those seeking to manifest their desires. Citrine is good for manifesting abundance and prosperity, making it an excellent choice for those looking to attract more wealth into their lives.  Also, Citrine is good for for increasing creativity, promoting better sleep, and encouraging warmth, optimism, and clarity.


HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CITRINE CRYSTAL?



Avoid abrupt temperature changes, which cause citrine gems to fracture. You should avoid the sun, as citrine's color fades with prolonged exposure to intense light. Likewise, you should avoid hydrofluoric acid, ammonium fluoride, and alkaline solutions which damage citrine.


HOW TO CLEANSE CITRINE?



It is safe to cleanse citrine stones using warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are generally safe, albeit subject to a few exceptions, such as when stones are dyed or filled via fracture filling. You should never cleanse citrine crystals with heat, so you should avoid steam cleaning.