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