Natural VS Fake Citrine
The above crystal is natural citrine with no altered coloring. Click the tick to view citrine for sale!
The above example started as amethyst and was baked at 500 degrees creating the golden color.
At least 95% of "citrine" sold by crystal shops is actually amethyst that has been baked in an oven at 500 degrees – changing it to the unnatural golden/orange color, you see in this image behind the text.
This is not real citrine – in many cases the crystal store owners have no idea themselves. So how does one Identify it?.
Wait, Fake Citrine! What is it?
ID fake Citrine Like a Pro!
Not just any amethyst can be baked to change to this color. So it is fairly consistently the same gold orange tinted color - it is just the richness of the color that can vary - not so much the hue. Thus it can be deeper or a lighter shade of color that the fake citrine cluster image displays underneath this text. This rule applies to both natural form (clusters/points) as well as cut and polished citrine (faceted stones, towers etc). Natural citrine simply does not have this orange/reddish hue.
So what does the real deal look like?
Real Natural Citrine Colors?
While quite rare, natural citrine is found in several locations around the World. It comes in many shades of yellow & gold - bright gold is RARE!
Natural Pale Citrine
The majority of natural citrine is on the paler side - like the example below. This crystal form is called a "Cathedral".
Natural Medium Citrine
Quite a lot of citrine would fit into the medium hue category. That is to say the shade of color is between the pale and rare bright golden hues. The below citrine cluster is a great example of medium hue citrine.
Natural Bright Gold Citrine
Very rarely, natural citrine is a very bright shade of gold. This color is very rare - as in unicorn level rare! Patience may be required if you are looking for an example.
Natural Smoky Citrine
On occasion the citrine and smoky colors combine to make Smoky Citrine. You can get any percentage of combinations of the two colors. The crystal in the example below has smoky "heat zone Phantoms" inside!
Natural Citrine Locations
Most of the natural citrine available is coming from Brazil, Congo and Zambia. There are other locations that produce citrine, but not in large quantities. Let's check out some examples from each country mentioned over the next few slides
Natural Zambian Citrine
Natural citrine from Zambia like the example below is gorgeous! You can generally get it as points and clusters, many with heat zone phantoms inside too. The hardest thing is finding a totally natural specimen that is not badly damaged. We only see about 1 in 50 of these specimens that are in excellent condition.
Natural Congo Citrine
Natural citrine from Congo often has amazing cascading form. It is most often of the light hue, but occasionally is found with bright gold hues too. Like the Zambian citrine, finding a specimen in reasonable condition can be a challenge.
Natural Brazilian Citrine
For many years, Brazil was just about the only location one could get natural citrine from. It most often forms in Elestial, and Cathedral form. It can form in quartz crystals that just have straight forward quartz form as well. Brazilian citrine comes in the full spectrum of hues.
Natural vs Fake Citrine Conclusion
Congratulations for making it to the last frame - you are now a natural citrine ninja! We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. You now know the difference between fake and natural Citrine. While there is nothing wrong with the altered colored material, if you are after the Citrine look and energy, then you really need to go for the natural Citrine. You may be wondering where you can purchase citrine specimens such as the ones you have seen in the photos and videos of this presentation? Wonder no more, click on the logo below to be taken to the Natural Citrine section at our website - Majestic Quartz - The Natural Citrine specialists for more than two decades!