Citrine, a popular semi-precious gemstone, is actually a variety of the common mineral known as quartz. Citrine Jewelry can come in colors that range from a pale yellow to a dark golden brown. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means “yellow”. Sometimes amethyst and citrine deposits can be found mixed in together in the same deposit and even in the same crystal. When the same crystal has both present it is referred to as ametrine. Citrine jewelry is very popular and this gemstone is one of three birthstones commonly associated with November.
Natural citrines in yellow and gold shades are rare; most citrines seen in the market are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. Citrine has ferric impurities, which gives it the yellow coloration, but these impurities on their own usually are not enough to create the gold and browns commonly associated with this gemstone. Brazil is the country that produces the most citrine, and the bulk of it comes from the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Jewelry Made From Citrine
Citrine is completely apt for any number of jewelry designs, including rings and pendants. Citrine rings and jewelry is hard and durable and it can withstand the wear-and-tear of normal routine use. Citrine is most commonly used in pendants or rings, but is also commonly seen as necklaces, pins, and brooches, and it is even made into gemstone beads for jewelry work. Citrine is among the most popular golden gemstones, but it is still surprisingly affordable.
Cuts for Citrine Gemstones
Citrine gemstone jewelry is almost always faceted. Round and oval shapes are among the most common as these cuts work well to maximize the color and dispersion of light to bring out the shine and the coloration. Step cuts and other fancy cuts can also be found on fancier pieces. Citrine gemstones come in every shape imaginable: rounds, ovals, pears, squares, trillions, and heart shapes. Finding citrine pendants and rings is easy and you get an attractive piece without breaking the bank!