Yellow to yellowish orange, reddish orange and reddish brown
HARDNESS & TOUGHNESS
Hardness: 7 on Toughness: good
Bolivia, Brazil, Spain
Citrine is the yellow to orange variety of crystalline quartz. Its name is derived from the Latin word citrus, meaning “citron” (a fruit closely related to the lemon). This gem combines a warm, attractive color with good wear-ability and a moderate price which is an unbeatable combination for many customers. Citrine comes in an exceptionally wide range of sizes.
Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of amethyst. A trace of iron in Citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color. Citrine’s attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem.