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Citrine

Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz.

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Size

Fashioned citrines can be large. This one weighs almost twenty carats.

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Eye-clean

The lack of eye-visible inclusions is a sought-after citrine quality.

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Zoning

Yellow, reddish orange, and brown color zoning highlight this citrine.

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Reddish orange

This attractive reddish orange color is popular with consumers.

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Large crystals

This 65.50-carat rough will yield a significant faceted gem.

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Termination

This citrine crystal terminates in a well-shaped point.

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Buyer's Guide

A saturated yellow to reddish orange color free of brownish tints is prized in citrine. Dealers look for citrines without color zoning or visible inclusions.

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What To Look For

Color

The finest citrine colors are saturated, with little or no brownish component, and range from yellow to reddish orange, and even orangy red.

Clarity

Much of the faceted citrine in the market is “eye-clean,” meaning it lacks eye-visible inclusions. Material with minor inclusions is often used for cabochons or carvings. Visible inclusions in pale-colored gems reduce citrine’s value greatly.

Cut

Citrine is available in a wide variety of fancy shapes, including custom cuts. Many cutting styles are calibrated in standard millimeter sizes for use in mass-market jewelry.

Carat Weight

Large-size citrine is not priced significantly more per carat than smaller sizes, making it a good choice for bold jewelry designs. Unlike other colored gems, smaller citrines can have strong color, making it easier to match sets of differently sized gems.

Citrine Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide