How do you know if your Citrine is natural or heat treated? What is the difference between the energy and properties of natural Citrine Vs heat treated Citrine? Read on to find out…
This is a bit of controversial topic and I do not like to focus too much on the subject of fake or treated crystals, but this is an important one. I may be wrong, but back in the 90’s I do not remember ever seeing natural coloured Citrine. Nobody seemed to be that aware till the early to mid-2000’s that much of the Citrine being sold in Crystal Shops and online was actually created by heat treating Amethyst.
Hold your panic stations! If this is news to you then please read on…
Heat Treated Amethyst Sold As Citrine?
If you put Amethyst in an oven on a high heat it turns yellow, orange or orange-brown. Natural Citrine is actually not that common, it is more expensive and it does not have a bright orange or yellow colour that many people are drawn to. Some crystal books, even to this day will show a heat treated crystal as an example of Citrine.
The definition of Citrine to many people is yellow Quartz, so it is easy to see how this all happened. I recently went to Etsy and did a search for ‘Citrine Crystal’ and only 2 out of the first 10 results looked natural to me. Before I give you my take on the difference between genuine Citrine and heat treated, let me try to help you spot the difference.
How To Tell The Difference Between Natural Citrine Vs Heat Treated
The following information is a general guide only. I am not a Mineralogist or Gemologist. It is worth asking a crystal seller if you are unsure to see if they can confirm that their Citrine is natural. Keep in mind that I have seen heat treated Citrine sold as “natural Citrine” online. Sellers may have been sold the stones as that by their supplier, some are just mistaken and then there are some that are being dishonest.
Most good Crystal Shops and websites sell both types and they are not often labeled differently. The best thing to do is learn to identify Citrine yourself to make an informed choice.
I am happy to say that there is more untreated Citrine on the market now than I have seen before. At the last Gem Show I went to, I did not see any heat treated Citrine. My guide is below, I have included lots of photo examples as seeing the two forms for comparison is really helpful.
How To Spot Natural Citrine:
Light golden yellow colour, like white wine
Light or deep golden brown colour, if smoky
Generally very clear crystals
Raw Crystal Points usually have straight sides
Many Raw Crystal Points are long like Quartz Crystals
Genuine Citrine is not cheap to buy
Below is a short video showing Congo Citrine which is more golden-brown and is unusual that the shape is like a pineapple. The smaller points are merged and surround the base.
How To Spot Heat Treated Citrine
Bright yellow colour
Burnt orange or orange-brown coloured Clusters
Lots of clear and white sections inside
Clusters and Geodes are very common
Raw Crystal Points are fat and tooth-like in shape
Crystal Points have have white at the base
Cheap to buy and easy to find