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Guide to Citrine Rings: Natural AAAA vs AAA vs AA

August 20, 2021

Guide to Citrine

Citrine stone is a bright sunny colored semi-gemstone called due to its citrus shade. Citrus is lemon yellow barium, which creates the gemstone alias “citrine”.

The deposits of these quartz-related gemstones were discovered at the beginning of the XVIII century and mounted into the sovereign’s jewelry attributes.

The mineral is formed in the sedimentary rocks or the hydrothermal growths, and deposits in the shape of transparent crystals.

This gem is quite rare if we compare it with the other quartz subtypes. It could be found in Brasilia, Madagascar, the US, Russia, Spain, and France.

The yield sunny stone is mainly dedicated to applying in the jewelry industry. Since the XIX century, the citrine rings embedded in golden bands have been used to complete the female outfits or to strengthen the business stuff in the male world. For instance, the unique stamps affixing personal papers, documents, and letters were produced by means of those jewelry materials.

Today you rather find citrine rings, earrings, amulets, or other similar accessories. The naturally colored gems are not actually encountered. This smoky-colored gem is exposed to high temperatures or influenced by the ray treatment to reach the required tone, indeed.

This gem primarily matches the tastes of young women. It is willingly chosen by pioneer businessmen and doctors. The traveling fans also consider the citrine-embedded accessories to be a talisman for easy and enjoyable trips.

Quality aspects about citrine-typed jewelry

At its core, citrines are a descendant of the quartz semi-gemstones and almost the amethyst sibling. The well-distinguished yellow shade resulted from the chemical reaction of iron, lithium, aluminum, and hydrogen.

The color palette could surprise the huge spectrum of shades and tones. Despite the absence of a clear classification for the citrine coloring types, the jewelry experts group them into 4 main categories:

citrine-typed jewelry

  • Bohemian gems are characterized by their light lemon-yellow color.
  • Spanish ones reflected darker types, including honey and amber-like gemstones.
  • False emeralds. These light green minerals easily confuse their owners by their look, similar to poorly colored emeralds. However, their value is unfairly underestimated. Moreover, the greenish citrines have comparatively lower discoloring resistance against the sunlight effects and become transparent.
  • Ametrine is a very rare and even unique gem that demonstrates a mix of citrine and amethyst. The physical form of this gemstone looks like a zebra due to a line-colored marking that alternates between yellow and violet tones. These minerals are mostly deposited in sunny Brasilia.

So, the deep orange and gold tones are not common colors that appeared in the natural environment. These color tones are received upon the terminal processing.

Hence, the foremost feature which draws your attention when you try to choose the citrine rings is their color palette, varying from amiable light citrus to orange or brown. The color effects enhance when the rings are covered by the right sunlight steams.

Due to a wide range of possible natural colors, the citrine-typed gems harmonize with any jewelry metals. The prosperous combination is a citrine-embedded ring with white or yellow gold, and even platinum settings. It is all up to you what setting is perfect for citrine!

The other feature is a combination of different gemstones. The perfect companion is diamonds or phianites. The remaining are more complicated “partners” for which you should watch out. 

The jewelers appreciate this jewelry stone, but for their ability to take any shape. The gem-cutting doesn’t arise any problems because of the clarity degree cutting technique for the core element. Hence, you may not worry about desirable gem shapes.

The cut form of the transparent citrine-typed gems is diamond-shaped or combined, the intransparent ones have a flat shape, and the cracky crystals and smoky gems with some inserts are processed using the jewelry cabochon technique.

According to the price estimates, citrine is classified as an inexpensive semi-gemstone of four-tier. So, most customers think that counterfeits of these gems are nonsense. However, that opinion is false! In fact, false citrine accessories are sold frequently at the black markets when cheap small gems are substituted with colored plastics or glass.

Apart from their diamond colleagues these jewelry stones could not have been grown in laboratory conditions yet, however, the jewelry masters are able to generate them making an illusion using smoky quartz or whitened amethyst. As mentioned above, the thermal processing helps to reach the yellow shades and makes the outputs almost observationally equivalent to the original citrine accessories such as rings, earrings, bracelets, and so on.

Useful advice on how to avoid fake citrine rings

The ordinary customers which have primary knowledge about citrines and trust the reliable sellers could easily identify the natural gems following the simple recommendations:

  • Small inclusions and inserts prove the natural origin of the mineral.
  • The real citrine-type gemstone has soft, beautiful, and homogeneous color. The extremely bright and loud-colored shades of this gem should suspect you and give a glimpse that you are offered to get the fake jewelry.
  • The natural gem changes its shades due to the sunlight effects. If you do not notice any inclusions, you are gifted with fake citrine accessories.

In addition, to make sure the authentic origin of your citrine rings, you should get acquainted with the jewelry-special grading system according to which the gemstones are ranged by the quality rank and assigned the respective position related to their natural features. In this case, these gems have classes AAAA, AAA, and AA which also help you to determine the original examples.

  • Natural AAAA jewelry stones cover up to 10% of all similar stones available on the market. They tend to be of orange-amber color, high clarity, and brilliant-cut.
  • Natural AAA gems comprise 20% to 30% of original citrines having a golden-yellow color with a reddish shade, and extra inclusions are hardly visible.
  • Natural AA citrines are commonly available due to their market share of up to 50%-75%. These are pale gold, smoky, and with a lot of noticeable inclusions.

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