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

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

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

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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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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

Yellow, pear-shape, citrine, brownish orange, emerald-cut, bracelet

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

Eye-clean gems like these are perfect for the “Pluto” ring. The citrine and gold design was inspired by the stars and the cosmos.  - Robert Weldon, gift of Patricia MB Gotthilf

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.

A jeweler’s display shows off citrine’s glowing shades with a  designer-cut beauty alongside more traditional emerald-cut and oval gems.

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.

Citrine is available in large sizes. Jewelry designers love it for creating bold, impressive designs like this 29-carat gem set with diamonds into a versatile clasp/pendant. - Robert Weldon, courtesy C. Y. Sheng
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