is one of the most affordable gemstones, thanks to the durability
and availability of this golden quartz. Named from the French
name for lemon,"citron," many citrines have a juicy
Citrine includes yellow to gold to orange brown shades of transparent
quartz. Sunny and affordable, citrine can brighten almost any
jewelry style, blending especially well with the yellow gleam
of polished gold.
In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against
snake venom and evil thoughts.
Although the darker, orange colors of citrine, sometimes called
Madeira citrine after the color of the wine, has generally been
the most valued color, in modern times, many people prefer the
bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colors. Citrine
is generally more inexpensive than amethyst and is also available
in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including very
Sometimes you will hear citrine referred to as topaz quartz,
which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference
to the color, which is sometimes similar to the color of topaz.
Since topaz is a separate mineral, this type of name can be
confusing and should not be used. However, citrine is considered
an alternative to topaz as the birthstone for November.
Since most citrine on the market started its life as amethyst
which was heated to turn its color to gold, citrine jewelry,
as well as amethyst jewelry, should be kept away from prolonged
exposure to strong light or heat. With this precaution, citrine
jewelry will last for many generations.