An Introduction to Citrine Rings

Citrine Rings

Origins & Properties of Citrine

One of our Recent Citrine Rings with Diamond Halo Surround
One of our Recent Citrine Rings with Diamond Halo Surround

Adding a Splash of Orange

Citrine rings have shown a steady rise in popularity over the last couple of years. This gemstone is decidedly less expensive than fancy orange diamonds (although close treated versions exist.) Citrine has a beautiful range of hues, from pale lemon yellow to intense orange, with a characteristic warmth, unlike any other gemstone. Popular with Asian, Mediterranean and darker skin tones, the colour reflects the healthy warm glow of sunshine. The name itself originates from Citron, the french word for Lemon. The stone has a vitreous luster and presents wonderful opportunities for jewellery commissions.

Represents

Courage, Sincerity and Wisdom.

Birthstone

Citrine is the alternative birthstone for November.

Origins of Citrine

The gemstone originates from Quartz, and is most commonly found in shades of yellow. The deeper richer colours tend are the more desirable. Citrine is mined in areas such as Brazil, Spain, Bolivia, and Russia among other regions. The natural preparation of the gemstone usually involves heat, to improve colour. The colour itself derives from the presence of iron within the rock.

Clarity

Citrine rings tend to offer a level of clarity consistent with the high clarity diamonds that used. Regarding clarity, Citrine is usually very good, and the stone has a good resistance (toughness) to chipping and cracking. Resistance to wear is a beneficial property for use in engagement rings (available at Serendipity Diamonds by way of personalisation of many of the ring designs.

Cautionary Notes

Exposure to sudden, or extreme heat is sometimes damaging, especially during mounting / setting / repair work. Cleaning by steam is generally ill-advised, with ultrasonic cleaning being more advisable.

Works Beautifully with……

On a last note, Citrine works very nicely with white diamonds. Preferably F, G colour or higher. The contrast between a white halo of diamonds, (see image for example) adds a striking alternative to more traditional all-diamond designs. We can, however, use this gemstone in many of our commissions by way of creating a custom-made design.

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.