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Citrine rough material

Citrine is yellow Quartz. The word citrine comes from the Anglo-French word for citrus, meaning, like lemon.

Citrine is a good hard material (hardness of 7) which takes a very good polish. It can be a bit brittle so setters should be careful when setting Citrine.

Colors of Citrine: Citrine ranges in color from light to dark yellow and also an orangy yellow. The orangy yellow form of Citrine is known as Madiera Citrine. Some citrine has overtones of browns.

Citrine rough

Citrine rough material

Here are some examples of the yellow shades of Citrine rough.

Some pieces (not pictured) are so light they have only a hint of yellow.

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Citrine rough

Madiera Citrine rough material

These are examples of the orangy color of Citrine which is known as Madiera.

These make very beautiful cut stones.

Citrine rough

Cognac Citrine rough material

Cognac Citrine has shades of brownish mixed in with the yellow to make its own unique version of Citrine.

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