What to Know About Buying Citrine?

Citrine is a gemstone that has been used in jewellery for a very long time. It is recognizable due to its vibrant yellow color. This is also an affordable option that can highlight your outfit and bring a bit of a shine to it.

Citrine is a form of quartz and there is no fixed yellow color for this gem. You will find that they range from a faint yellow color to a brown. This is a semi-precious gemstone and even if it is one of the more affordable choices in the market, it is quite a rare stone to find. Due to its rarity, you can find a lot of faux citrine jewellery that are made out of heat treated purple amethyst or smoky quartz.

So you will need a way to evaluate whether the jewellery you are purchasing has an authentic stone. The factors that will help you determine these are the colour of the stone, level of clarity, colour and carat. You can see a lot of heat treated citrine stones in the market today as they are tweaked to achieve desirable shades. But you can usually spot this type of treatment when the stone has reddish tints. People tend to favour the amber shade of citrine which is similar to the colour of yellow topaz or yellow diamond.

There are many types of gemstone cuts that you can select. Faceted citrine stones have an added depth and it looks beautiful in the light. Some of the common cuts used are pear, round, emerald and princess. The good thing with citrine stone is that you can shape it any way you want which allows for a lot of creative freedom. There is a high level of clarity in citrine but the value of the stone can lower due to imperfections. The carat size will not necessarily increase the value of citrine. If you find a large specimen, there is a possibility that it is a heat treated stone that mimics the visual properties of citrine. When purchasing jewellery that contains citrine, you should ask for the grade of the citrine stone that is used. There can be inclusions that can be visible when you view the stone from certain angles so you will need to carefully inspect it. And try to look at it under different light sources.

You have to consider whether you can wear this stone on a daily basis. There are certain stones that are more fragile and require some care when worn. Otherwise they are more prone to scratches with hard use. But you don’t need to worry about this with citrine as it is quite a durable stone that has a high level of toughness. So you will be able to wear it for a very long time. They are a great stone for earrings and pendants as these pops of colour can elevate your outfit. You can find minimal and statement jewellery that use scitrine to best effect. You can create an elegant classic outfit by adding a small polished citrine stone necklace. You can also look for larger pendants that draw the eye and create a statement.

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