Gemstones Buyers Guide

Citrine

Taking its name from the French word 'citron' for yellow, this radiant gemstone comes in transparent and opaque shades of yellow. The presence of iron in the quartz gives it the vibrant colour. Citrine can be found in Spain, Madagascar and Brazil but most market citrine has been heat treated. It is a hard wearing gem that is suitable for everyday wear and great to complement yellow gold jewellery. Citrine is a gemstone of joy with vibrant energy and is believed to bring fortune and good luck.

Birthstone: November
Moh hardness: 7 (1 softest to 10 hardest)

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Citrine care

Citrine is a durable gemstone however it will need special care to keep it looking as good as the day it was bought. Citrine should be stored in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratching. Soap and liquid cleaners should be avoided as these may cause the stone to become dull. Harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach or chlorine could cause erosion of the stone. To clean citrine rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth. Citrine is sensitive to light and heat so should not be worn in situations such as sunbathing. Citrine should be stored out of direct sunlight.