ROCK TRIVIA: CITRINE
Citrine is part of the quartz family of stones, and the color ranges from a pale yellow to a deep, almost sherry color. Citrine is usually found inside geodes, and more rarely in larger formations which can weigh several pounds although most are not of gem quality. Citrine crystals can form together with Amethyst or Smoky Quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called Ametrine.
During the ancient times, Citrine was carried by travelers and nomads because it is believed to carry a protection against snake venom, evil and impure thoughts. It is even nicknamed as the “success stone” because it was thought to attract prosperity and success.
Almost all Citrine that is available on the market today is heat-treated amethyst. Natural
Citrine is pale yellow to pale orange, much lighter than the heat-treated material which is a darker orange to reddish-brown. All of the heat-treated material has a red tint, while natural Citrine does not.
Pictured, a Citrine and diamond suite by Parisian jeweler Pierre Sterlé. from about 1950.