Citrіnе іs а vаrіеtу оf а quаrtz stone which is usually yellowish to brownish. Jewelers find a use for this sort of quartz as a gem set on a necklace or a ring. Citrine appears to be the quartz gemstone.
How it is formed
Citrine is colored yellow to orange and is usually of a lighter shade compared to the heat-treated stones which usually turn reddish-brown or orange-brown. Most citrines are. Sometimes, natural means of heating can changes to a mineral of the brown variety the crystals in amethyst deposits. In other cases, treating smoky quartz may produce citrine.
Citrine is naturally an amber-colored stone. It’s a combination of quartz and ferric iron and is rarely found naturally but can be manufactured artificially from other gemstones. Brаzіl іs thе lеаdеr іn thе рrоduсtіоn of commercially manufactured citrine, especially from Rio Grande des Sul.
Citrine in History
Citrine was used as an amulet to protect the wearer or the bearer from a snake’s venom and evil thoughts. It is one of two birthstones for November.
Chemical Composition of Citrine
The chemical composition of citrine is silicon dioxide. The crystals formed to follow a hierarchical structure that commonly reveals as clusters of pyramids. They might come in terminated crystals either singly or in aggregates. They can also come in forms that are crusty and massive. It can be transparent to translucent. It basal cleavage is indiscernible. It has a specific gravity of 2.6-2.7, and they’re also predisposed to fracturing due to its inherent brittleness.
Citrine appear in smaller amounts compared to quartz deposits and just doesn’t appear commonly. Largely, this gemstone can be found in Minas Gerais, Brazil and also in the Ural Mountains in Russia, Madagascar and Dauphine, France. However, the majority of them are manufactured through heat therapy instead of natural means.
Naturally Occurring Citrines
To thе untrаіnеd еуе, іt іs еаsy to confuse a topaz for a citrine. Some individuals have begun to hype the marketplace with citrine up. In general, all topazes using a prefix are considered citrines such as Madeira topaz, Brazilian topaz, and topaz. The three exceptions to this rule are oriental topaz, topaz and precious topaz, which are incidentally the most-sought-after topaz varieties.
The experts in the jewelry industry have come up with ingenious methods of producing specimens of amethyst and smoky quartz. Citrines are light yellow, but the heat treated specimens come out as red or orange shades. As amethyst then changes to citrine because of heat emitted by bodies citrine starts out. Citrine from amethyst can be changed back through the process of radiation to a purple shade. A favorite gemstone, ametrine, is, in fact, a mixture of amethyst and citrine.