Citrine is the name given to yellow and sometimes orange forms of Quartz. Whenever Citrine is brought up in conversation, it often necessitates a little extra definition in the eyes of the crystal community. Are we talking about Heated Citrine or Natural Citrine? Let’s start out our conversation with the more common member of these sibling Citrines. Heated Citrine is incredibly common in crystal markets, from a pocket stone in the gift shop to fine jewelry set in precious metals, and to a beginner it can sometimes be disheartening to hear your citrine is enhanced. Heated Citrine gets its name from the fact that they were originally other kinds of Quartz, most commonly Amethyst, that have been enhanced through the process of heating at high temperatures. This process causes the iron inclusions inside of the Amethyst to adjust in a way that usually changes its color from purple to dark orange, brown, or an extremely vibrant and cheerful yellow. This variation of Heated Citrine can be found in many different shapes, looking very much like the warm toned version of Amethyst. Such as partial geode shaped clusters that look extremely similar to their Amethyst counterparts, tumbled material like the heated Amethyst we sell, or carved into shapes like the beads on our Citrine bracelets. Based upon the current market Heated Citrine is an excellent accessible, affordable, and vividly colorful option for many crystal healing aficionados.
As for Natural Citrine, it gets the naturalnomenclature due to the fact that anything sold as Natural Citrine should gain its yellow color naturally, not from enhancement. This form of Citrine is almost always light yellow, often with brown or even green undertones. Depending on the locality, some Natural Citrine can be quite vibrantly colored, for example Citrine from Congo is very often a deeply saturated color. A Natural Citrine crystal will typically grow in a shape that more resembles its siblings Clear Quartz or Smoky Quartz. Their natural growth pattern is typically long six sided crystals terminated with six sided pyramids at the end.
There are many resources available that explain how to tell if your Citrine is heated or natural, however oftentimes people may refer to Heated Citrine by a few different names. Some may call it Heated Amethyst, Yellow Amethyst, or even Fake Citrine. The terminology fake isn’t quite correct in most cases. There’s a large difference between being sold a crystal that you thought was one thing, and it turns out to be another. For example if a store were insisting that their Citrine is natural despite the fact that it is Heated Citrine, that would be deceptive and one should be wary of the other items sold by this particular vendor. In general, both kinds of Citrine, heated and natural, represent joy and happiness, there’s nothing fake about either of their properties! So please, enjoy your bright and happy Citrines with pride; no matter their origins.