Pleasantly Warm Citrine

What Is Citrine & How Is It Made? Affordable And Misinterpreted Gem

Citrine is the yellow to orange variety of the mineral quartz, its golden hues are caused by the trace element iron. Depending on the intensity of heat during  development, a quartz crystal will become either amethyst or a citrine since they are so similar in nature. The most valued coloring of citrine is a saturated reddish-orange called Madeira citrine, named after a Portuguese wine of the same hue.
Citrine is mined in South America, specifically Brazil and Uruguay.
What Is Citrine & How Is It Made? Affordable And Misinterpreted Gem

The Joy of Citrine

It's name is derived from old French 'citron' to mean citrus, an ode to it's incredibly sunny body color, thought to bring happiness to its wearer.
This jewel has long been revered for its honeyed hues since ancient times as seen in Greek and Roman artifacts and writings. Even early Chinese lore speak of citrine as a "stone of success", thought to bring good fortune and profit to business owners. This school of thought was also adopted by the Western world whom coined as the gem as the merchant's stone.
Citrine is celebrated as November's birthstone and is the traditional gemstone to gift for the thirteenth wedding anniversary.
Cartier Citrine Tiara

Citrine in Jewelry

This quartz mineral often grows in abundance and as substantial eye-clean crystals. Cutters have the opportunity to fashion citrine as large faceted gemstones with deep pavilions to aid in color saturation as well as smaller accent stones. Often jewelers will take advantage of the varied color of citrine and utilize it to induce ombre gradient into a design.


Citrine is a hard durable stone and can be cleaned with a soft brush in warm soapy water or wiped clean with a soft cloth. When stored, it should be wrapped to prevent it it from scratching softer stones or it being scratched by harder stones such as diamond and sapphire. Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing this stone or any kind of jewelry.