I am very lucky to have, as part of my stock, two beautiful double terminated Citrine crystals – they are just such subtle, pale yellow, quartz crystals. The name comes, unsurprisingly, from Citrina in Latin meaning yellow.

 

 

Double Terminated Citrine Crystal

 

Brazil is the leading source of Citrine although some deposits come from Argentina, Madagascar, Zaire, Namibia, Spain and Russia.

 

I also have an amazing geode – the crystals in this are much darker though.

 

 Citrine Geode

Citrine is a variety of Quartz. The colour of Citrine ranges from pale yellow to almost brown and it can be very hard, with the naked eye, to distinguish it from Topaz, but it has a different hardness factor.

Double Terminated Citrine Crystal

In the gemstone market much that is marketed as Citrine is actually heat treated Amethyst and may have a reddish to orange hue. Genuine Citrine tends to be a very pale yellow (although in natural geodes can appear brown) and is relatively rare.

Charlotte