Everyone knows the quartz variety called citrine, but did you know most of the “citrine” you find for sale isn’t natural at all? Yep, there’s a good chance you may actually just have some super heated amethyst or smoky quartz that’s been treated to resemble citrine.
Natural citrine can be just as you may find commercial citrine: pale yellow to darker shades of brown, but natural citrine is very rare.
Click here to see an example of a geode split in two: one half is the original amethyst, the other half is the heat treated amethyst to resemble citrine.
Photo above via gemstonebuzz.com