Citrine is rare in nature.  In the days before modern gemmology, its tawny colour caused it to be confused with topaz. Today, its attractive colour, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem.  In the contemporary market, citrine’s most popular shade is an earthy, deep, brownish or reddish orange.

Along with topaz, citrine is a birthstone for November.  It’s also recognized as the gem that commemorates the thirteenth anniversary.

Quality Factors


Vivid yellows, reddish oranges, and earth tones are popular with consumers.  A trace of iron in citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange colour.


Eye-visible inclusions are not common in citrine. If present, they decrease its value.


Citrine might be carved, custom-cut, or calibrated for jewellrey use.

Carat Weight

Citrine is available in a wide range of sizes for setting into a variety of jewellery styles.