Another member of the quartz group, Citrine is a yellow to orange coloured gem which is rarely found in its natural yellow form with the result that most commercial citrine is usually made by heating amethyst. For this reason citrine should not suffer prolonged exposure to extreme light or heat conditions.
The name citrine is from the French "citron" meaning lemon.
Although the darker, orange colours of citrine, variously referred to as Madeira citrine (after the colour of the wine), cognac citrine or brandy citrine, have generally been the most valued colour, in modern times, many people prefer the bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colours.
Citrine is generally less expensive than amethyst and is also available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. See our citrine pendants and citrine bracelets for a great collection of quality citrines.
Most citrine is mined in Brazil.
In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Pretty useful if you were an Egyptian peridot miner!
Citrine should not be confused with topaz which is a totally different mineral although similar in colour.
Citrine jewellery mostly features cut stones, often large.
Both citrine and topaz are birthstones for November. Citrine is the gemstone for the thirteenth wedding anniversary.
See our large citrine jewellery collection!