Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges in color from very pale yellow, to deep burnt-orange. It is not particularly rare, therefore it is possible to find very large (over 10 cts.), natural pieces of citrine that are affordable. Citrine is also one of the easier gemstones to cut, which makes it possible to find interesting citrine gemstones that have been given unusual cuts.
5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Citrine
The most valuable citrine is of a very dark orange color, perfect clarity, perfect cut and is over 10 carats.
Here is a Summary of Citrines of Different Levels of Quality and Value:
Keep these factors in mind for getting your money’s worth when shopping for citrine jewelry. But of course, you should defer to your own taste first. If you think lemon yellow citrines are the prettiest, than lucky you!
Below are large pictures of individual citrine gemstones and citrine jewelry discussed and analyzed.
This citrine is bezel cut, a style that has become popular in the last 5 years or so. The advantage of this cut is that there is more sparkle on the surface. The disadvantage is that we lose some of the reflected light from the bottom of the stone. This citrine is a typical yellowish orange.
This citrine is a very light yellow. Sometimes called “lemon citrine,” it has come into fashion in some places. However since this color is the least rare, it is generally less valuable. The cut and clarity of this stone are also less than ideal.
Wow! This is an amazing citrine. The color is the most valuable intense dark reddish orange; the cut is excellent reflecting lots of light and having perfect facets. It is perfectly clear.
This citrine has been given a very excellent emerald (baguette) cut. Light is nicely reflected and the facets are pretty even. The color of this stone is yellow with a tinge of green – not as valuable as orange, but interesting.
This citrine is poorly cut. We can see straight through it and minimal light is reflected back to our eyes. This is called a “fish eye.” The facets are irregular as well. Otherwise, the stone has excellent clarity and a nice color.