Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethyst. Citrine contains traces of Fe3+ and is rarely found naturally. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow". Citrine crystals can form together with amethyst or smoky quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called ametrine.

Natural citrine is pale yellow to pale orange, much lighter than the heat-treated material which is dark orange-brown to reddish-brown. All of the heat-treated material has a red tint, while natural citrine does not. Some amethyst deposits have been found where the amethyst was changed naturally by high temperatures to brown citrine.

Most citrine comes from Brazil, but almost all of the Brazilian material is heat-treated amethyst (dark orange-red). Natural citrine is found in Brazil and can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar. In Europe, the boom on these yellow to reddish crystal quartzes didn't begin until, in the 1930s, when agate cutters from Idar-Oberstein sent large quantities of citrine back home, along with amethyst and agate, from Brazil and Uruguay. The inexpensive low grade amethyst is heated at high temperatures to produce the popular orange, reddish and sherry colored citrine. Darker colors are considered more valuable, including the medium golden orange and dark sherry-colors.

information from:

The Mineral Gallery

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

International Colored Gemstone Association

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Natural Citrine DT Crystal from Brazil


Here's an excellent Double Terminated polished display crystal of natural Citrine we procured from a Brazilian Minerals dealer. Large clear specimens of light colored natural Citrine are difficult to find. This specimen has great clarity with minor inclusions or flaws. This is an excellent display specimen for your collection

This specimen weighs 1.44 oz (46g) and measures

2 x 1 x 0.97 inches (50 x 27 x 24 mm)

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Natural Citrine Crystal Point from Brazil



This specimen is from our personal collection. This piece was obtained from a rock shop in Tucson, Arizona in the early 1970's. A single large light yellow crystal on quartz ...a classic specimen! There are natural internal fractures and the tip is chipped, the result is a stunning view from different angles as shown in the photos. This was one of the first natural citrine crystals we ever added to our personal collection.

This specimen weighs 2.7 oz (78g) and measures 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 inches (5.7 x 4.5 x 3.2cm)