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A quartz variety and the top-selling transparent gem in the yellow to orange colour range

Citrine is the one of the US birthstones for November (the other is topaz). This gem combines a warm attractive colour with good wearability and moderate price- an unbeatable combination for many customers.

Citrine ranges from slightly golden yellow to a medium gold showing hints of orange. Darker shades (AA to AAA qualities) offer the drama and intensity of the pop signals and savannah colour palettes. Light-colour Citrine (A quality) fits nicely into the glimmer design theme; with its pastel colour and breathtaking transparency, it remains a prime gem for those seeking inner peace.

General Info

Major Sources

Brazil, Bolivia, Spain


Environmental Factor


 HeatHigh heat can cause colour loss; sudden or extreme temperature change can cause fracturing
 ChemicalsSoluble in hydrofluoric acid and ammonium fluoride; very slightly soluble in alkalis


  • A - Eye clean; light, slightly golden yellow; little or no colour zoning, good cut
  • AA - Eye clean; medium gold to slightly orange; little or no colour zoning, good cut
  • AAA - Eye clean; medium golden to yellowish orange; little or no colour zoning; good cut



7 on the Mohs scale




Citrine is rated "good" for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause colour to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals.

To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Further care instructions