What is a Citrine Gemstone?Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from pale yellow to brown depending on the iron content. It takes its name from its color, a gorgeous yellow, that’s reminiscent of the citron fruit.
Natural citrines are rare. In fact, most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. One of the ways you can tell a heat-treated amethyst is that it will have small lines in the crystal, whereas a true citrine is cloudy or smoky in appearance. The leading producer of citrine is Brazil and more particularly, the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Visually speaking, it is virtually impossible to differentiate between cut citrine and yellow topaz but they do differ in hardness.
Citrine has been referred to as the "merchant's stone" or "money stone" as a result of an old superstition that it results in bringing prosperity. It also shares the limelight with yellow topaz as November’s birthstone, so it’s a perfect gift idea for any November babies.