Named after the lemon, the most popular citrine color is actually burnt orange. But, this gemstone is unique in that there are very few other stones representing the yellow spectrum.
This stone is commonly confused with yellow topaz, but the only thing they share is a shade of yellow. Citrine is actually quartz whereas topaz is fluorine aluminum silicate. As a member of the quartz family, finding natural citrine is rare. That being said, most of the gemstones on the market today began life as either amethyst or smoky quartz. These stones are heat-treated to a point where the yellow starts to come out. Once the desired shade is reached the treatment is finished and a citrine pendant is born.
Quartz is pretty hard with a rank of 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Cleaning your citrine jewelry is easy with a soak in warm soapy water and a scrub with a toothbrush. Because it changes colors with extreme temperature changes, avoid exposure to high heat and do not clean in an ultrasonic machine or steam cleaner.
The various shades of citrine can carry you from spring to winter and its affordability means that you can own several pieces in the different shades you love. The warm tones of some orange-hued yellow citrine earrings match the changing leaves of autumn. The sunny citrus shade complements any spring or summer outfit.