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Sources: Brazil, Bolivia

Hardness on Mohs scale: 7

Common Enhancements: Heat

Birthstone: February

Cleaning Methods:

    • Ultrasonic: usually safe
    • Steamer: not recommended
    • Warm soapy water: safe

Citrine is a variety of the mineral Quartz, transparent, yellow to orange to brownish orange. Named from the French word for lemon, citrine open and pleasant color blend particularly well with yellow polished gold, paired with other gems in pink hues. It is a curiosity that amethyst materials are routinely heated in order to produce citrines, and green quartz, commonly known as “lemon citrine” or “green amethyst. This process is undetectable and commonly accepted in the Trade. Today, citrine is well known gem by the general public but frequently confused with topaz.

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