What are Citrine?
What exactly are Citrine?
The definition of a Citrine is as follows:
The name is derived from the French word 'citron' meaning lemon
reflecting the dominant color of the gemstone
It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from the more expensive
yellow topaz with the naked eye
Citrine is a variety of quartz.
Quartz goes by an array of different names including
Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye,
Amethyst, Prasiolite, Rose
quartz, Bloodstones, Milk quartz,
Smoky quartz and Carnelian
The Colors of Citrine
Citrine come in a range of natural colors and shades
from pale yellow to reddish orange to brown and greenish
yellow. Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's
selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light
called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of
Hue - the first impression of the color
Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to
medium to dark
Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is
measured from dull to strong to vivid