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What is a Citrine / What are Citrines?
Citrines are semiprecious gemstones that occur in yellow, golden, orange and brownish hues. The gemstone citrine is a member of the quartz family and rates a 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Citrine is considered a semi-precious gemstone.
Buying Citrine JewelryOne thing to know when shopping for citrine jewelry is this: A good portion of the citrine jewelry being sold today is not natural citrine, but pale amethyst gemstones, heat treated to product a vivid golden color.
The heat treatment of pale amethyst (also a member of the quartz family and itself a semiprecious stone) to mimic citrine is quite prevalent and is an acknowledged practice in the jewelry industry today and should not be cause for concern provided that this information has been disclosed to you by the jewelry seller, along with any special care that your citrine jewelry may require.