As a yellow-colored variety of the natural mineral quartz, citrine has taken the world by storm for its wide distribution and beauty. A similarity with a citrus hue gave rise to the name of this gem.
Until the 18th century, the semiprecious citrine stone had the name Spanish topaz, as it was very similar to this mineral in its characteristics and appearance. The purest citrine crystals lend themselves well to cutting. Therefore, for a long time, skilled jewelers have used citrines for the manufacture of various accessories, rings, amulets, and other jewelry.
Description of citrine stone:
Color. The color range is limited to golden. The following shades are found: light, yellowish, bright, sunny, honey, brownish-gold, lemon, yellow-greenish, orange, tangerine.
Place of mining. There are not so many citrines in nature. Therefore, the mineral is extremely rare. The main places of its deposits were found in Brazil, the Pyrenees, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, and the Urals and Spain, Uruguay, the USA, and France.
Price. The cost of a natural citrine stone depends mainly on the brightness of the tone and the sample processing quality. The most valuable commercial bright orange variety is called Madeira (after the wine of the same name).
Natural citrine is quite rare in nature, and refinement is often used to obtain its characteristic color. For example, citrine colors are obtained by heat-treating amethysts and smoky quartz.
Citrine stone belongs to the group of IV-class gemstones. It is often used for making large golden cabochons, as well as for expressing the creativity of a stone-cutter: unusual cutting, stone carving. The stone is quite durable and can leave a scratch mark on any sturdy material, but it is softer and less shiny compared to topaz.
How to distinguish citrine stone from fake?
Due to the great demand and value of the stone and the rarity of its origin, the mineral is often counterfeited and sold as precious. On sale, most often, there are high-quality fakes and imitations in the form of quartz that have undergone a special annealing, morions, calcined amethysts, or rock crystal.
In order to buy only genuine citrine, it is essential to:
Check the color. First of all, the main feature of a natural stone is its shade. There are no green or red citrines; they have only a pale yellow color. The gem is evenly colored, without faded or bright transitions. The color is the same, without ebbs. Another distinguishing feature of a real gem is the change in shade depending on the angle of view.
Heat the stone. As you know, some stones can change color during heating, and citrine is no exception. It will, of course, change its hue during heating, but the color will remain even. If pale or bright areas appear when heated, then this is a fake.
Examine the structure. Any artificial stone is cleaner than natural. Also, an important difference between a genuine gem is its hardness. If you slide it on the glass, it will leave mechanical damage.
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