Citrine Gemstone Buying Guide
The rarest variety of quartz, citrine is distinguished by its yellow to amber hue. The word citrine, in fact, comes from the old French word for lemon (‘citrin’). It is more common than its look-alike, topaz, and therefore less valuable, so be sure not to be overpay for stones ambiguously labeled ‘topaz quartz’ or ‘citrine topaz.’
Choosing a stone
- Color: Citrine’s sunny color comes from trace amounts of ferrous oxide in quartz crystal. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone.
- Clarity: Clarity is second important factor in ranking colored stones. The clearer the citrine, the better it is, so Angara uses only eye-clean citrine.
- Cut: Citrines can be fashioned in any of the below mentioned cuts. Popular shapes include round and oval.
- Enhancements: When heated, purple amethyst turns yellow, so many citrine gems available in the market are derived from their amethyst cousins. Angara only works with treated gems that are AGTA-approved.
- The majority of the world’s citrine supply comes from Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil
- Citrine is also found in the United States in North Carolina, Colorado and California
- Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November
- Citrine is the suggested gift for thirteenth anniversaries
- Citrine became especially popular during the Art Deco era
- Suzanne Belperron’s Citrine pineapple clips sold for over $63,000 at a Christie’s auction