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What color variations does citrine have?

I purchased a citrine pendulum on line. I was expecting a stone somewhere between clear/light yellow, to lagger beer. what I got is purple. It’s a nice stone but was just wondering.


  1. Citrine is usually yellow or orange. It’s just quartz.
    It sounds as if they sent amethyst. That’s purple and sometimes they try to cook it to make citrine, except the color isn’t quite right.

  2. that is amethyst… if you heat it it will turn in to citrine… and if you get only part to turn yellow… then you made it into a rarer version of quartz then only amethyst or citrine is… but yea the purple is not true citrine thats amethyst and the clear is referred to as crystal quartz… only yellow quartz is called citrine quartz…

  3. Yes, that sounds like amethyst. Citrine is what amethyst turns into when exposed to heat. It can be natural or man-made. You can get stones that have both purple and yellow in them too, which are called ametrine.
    If you wanted citrine though, it shouldn’t be purple – send them a message and they might replace it. They are not interchangeable if you are interested in their magickal correspondences. If colour is your only issue, and you like that one instead…well…no harm – no foul.

  4. Amethist and citrine are about equally valuable if the quality is the same. According to Wikipedia, “On exposure to heat, amethyst generally becomes yellow, and much of the citrine, cairngorm, or yellow quartz of jewelry is said to be merely “burnt amethyst.”
    Ametrine is quarts with a gradual transition from purple at one end to yellow at the other end.


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