Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine: What's the Difference? (2022)

Wondering the difference between heat treated amethyst and natural citrine?

You're in the right place.

In this Learning Guide, I'll answer the top questions asked about heat treated amethyst and citrine crystals like:

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  • Are heat treated amethyst and citrine the same?
  • Does natural citrine exist?
  • Are amethysts lab-created?

What's In This Guide?

Main Differences between Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine

Is Your Citrine Natural or Heat Treated: Origin

Heat Treated Amethyst vs Natural Citrine: Appearance

(Video) Citrine: Real or Fake? - Natural or Heat Treated Amethyst?

Heat Treated Citrine vs Citrine:

Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine: Price and Value

Conclusion

Main Differences between Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine

  • Natural citrine is heated by the sun, whereas heat treated amethyst is heated by man.
  • Untreated citrine crystals tend to be found in pale yellow shades, whereas heat treated amethyst can be found in bright orangish yellow and reddish orange hues.
  • Genuine citrine stones are considered rare, whereas heat treated amethyst is very common.
  • Heated amethyst geodes and clusters have a white base, whereas real citrine does not.

Is Your Citrine Natural or Heat Treated: Origin

Citrine

Citrine stones are one of the most famous stones used in crystal healing. It's also the birthstone for the month of November. Many love citrine, but it's often misunderstood.

There's very little real citrine in the world. It exists, but most of it is found in Brazil. Most citrine on the market is heated citrine, not natural citrine. You're likely to find genuine citrine as small crystals rather than large specimens.

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All citrine is light yellow quartz. Quartz is the most abundant mineral found in earth. Different varieties make up other popular gemstones like amethyst, smoky quartz, rose quartz, and clear quartz.

Quartz crystals aren't used a lot in fine jewelry, but are valued for their metaphysical properties more. Gemstones like citrine in the orange and yellow frequency are associated with happiness, creativity, and sunlight.

Citrine crystals are owned as:

  • Raw crystals
  • Clusters and geodes
  • Tumbled stones
  • Polished Stones
  • Freeform shapes and carvings
  • Faceted stones
  • True citrine forms when the purple color of amethyst or the brown color of smoky quartz gets heated by the earth. The extreme temperatures cause the molecular structure and the quartz crystal lattice to change into citrine. This is done by nature, which creates what we call natural citrine.

    Heat Treated Amethyst

    It might surprise to hear that authentic citrine is rare. After all, it's one of the easiest crystals to find in crystal and rock shops. That's because most of your local shops sell heat treated amethyst, not natural citrine.

    Amethyst is very common and affordable. Instead of letting mother earth do the work to heat amethyst to citrine, scientists do it. They found a way to manipulate an amethyst geode to citrine colors by baking it in a kiln. The kiln reaches the same temperatures it takes for the earth to turn amethyst into natural citrine.

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    (Video) Heat Treated Citrine vs Natural Citrine. Physical & Metaphysical differences.

    Heat treated amethyst has many names including:

    • Citrine
    • Heated citrine
    • Heated treated citrine
    • Baked Amethyst
    • Burnt Amethyst
    • Real Citrine
    • Fake Citrine

    There's a lot of debate as to if heat treating amethyst to citrine changes the metaphysical properties of the crystal.

    Heat Treated Amethyst vs Natural Citrine: Appearance

    Citrine

    Seeing natural citrine and treated citrine next to each other can be quite the difference. After all, the color is your best bet to knowing if your citrine is real or fake citrine. Heat treated citrine and natural citrine are both quartz crystals, so a lot of their their physical and optical properties are the same.

    You already know that untreated citrine mostly produces pale and light yellow shades. Congo citrine has a lime green yellow look to it. It may be called Kundalini citrine in some circles.

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    Earth made citrine can be found in darker yellow brown shades. Many would say it resembles smoky quartz. Zambia produces most of the brown honey color citrine material.

    Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine: What's the Difference? (3)

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    The golden brown color is the only dark hues that real citrine can produce. Untreated citrine rarely produces burnt orange or dark orange shades. Those shades are the result of heat treated citrine.

    Heat Treated Amethyst

    You should know not all heat treated citrines are heated amethyst. Smokey quartz can also be heated citrine. It takes a little of education to understand the difference.

    Is your citrine real? Let's find out.

    Heating amethyst produces different yellow shades than untreated citrine. Instead of pale yellow hues, heat treating amethyst crystals produce bright yellow and orange hues. It can also make reddish orange hues, called Madeira citrine.

    Smoky quartz achieves different citrine-like hues than HT amethyst. It produces intense golden brown hues and smoky citrine colors.

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    It might be difficult for the average buyer to differentiate citrine hues. A lot of gemstone color hues are subjective and not an exact science. They're more of a mutual agreement among gemologists.

    Fortunately, there's another telltale sign to indicate heat treated citrine colors. Baked amethyst produces an opaque white base. You can easily see this effect when observing citrine crystal clusters and even some tumbled citrine.

    Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine: What's the Difference? (5)

    It's harder to see the white base concerning faceted heated citrine. Much of the material is discarded for gemstone cutters to create the perfect citrine gem. That's where you'd rely on the hues if you're questionable about its authenticity.

    Heat Treated Citrine vs Citrine

    Not all "fake citrine" on the market is heat treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Treated citrine can also referred to citrine stones that have been irradiated. Irradiated stones may lose their color over time.

    Lemon quartz is another variety of heat treated citrine. The difference between the two crystals is color origin. Lemon quartz has been manually heated to produce its yellow tint, just like amethyst and smoky quartz.

    (Video) The Difference between Natural Citrine and Heat Treated Amethyst

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    Heat treated citrine happens when a real stone made of quartz is heated by man to produce citrine colors. The individual crystals are as natural as they come, but the colors have been tweaked to turn yellow.

    A heat treated stone is normal, which is why some people may still call them natural stones. Some still say they're fake because the color isn't natural.

    Fake citrine can also be cubic zirconia, heliodor, glass, and other like colored natural crystals. They can also be referred to as citrine simulants, simulated citrine, or imitation citrine.

    Heat Treated Amethyst vs Citrine: Price and Value

    To be honest, heat treated amethyst rides a thin line in seller transparency. Sellers should always be honest about the origin of heat treated amethyst. Many people can't tell the difference between unheated citrine and heat treated citrine. Most crystal shop employees don't either.

    A citrine crystal that has been heated is very affordable. You can find small raw crystals between $2-5 a piece. Natural citrine hovers a little over that, but is difficult to find.

    Some gemstones receive heat treatment to enhance color and it doesn't impact price or value much. Other gemstones receive heat treatment and it will impact it. As a buyer, you should always ask about the origins of your citrine stone before completing your purchase.

    Large natural citrine pieces should cost in the hundreds. Madeira citrine colors are the result of heat treating and can go for around $100+ per carat. These hues are found often in fine jewelry stores.

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    Heat treated citrine makes up around 95% of all citrine on the market, so don't expect to run into it too easily.

    Aside from the price tag, citrine has a good value as a gemstone in the long run. Many people choose alternative stones to diamonds for engagement rings. Not every gem can be worn every day with little damage and minimal care.

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    Citrine has a good gemstone hardness. It has a hardness level of 7 on the Mohs scale and no gemstone cleavage. That's rare for faceted stones, and makes them vulnerable to chipping. It's a fine gem to hold its value for years to come. It doesn't matter if the piece is natural or heat treated.

    However, you should avoid steam cleaning heat treated stones in a jewelry steam cleaner. That's why I always advise people to stick to good old soap and water for cleaning.

    Conclusion

    It's very difficult to find natural citrine. Heat treated amethyst makes up majority of the market. Other citrine stones are produced by heating smoky quartz or yellow quartz into lemon quartz. You should assume that all citrine is has been treated.

    It's also difficult to tell the two crystals apart, so make sure you're buying from a reliable source. The stones are both natural, but the color is either man made or earth made.

    Both stones are said to have the same properties in some circles, while others say heated amethyst still retains amethyst properties. Others say it changes to citrine properties.

    Thankfully, no matter which type of citrine you get ahold of, both of them will have a good lifespan for years to come.

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    FAQs

    What is the difference between heat-treated amethyst and Citrine? ›

    Natural Citrine crystals are the same colour all the way through for the most part, though there may be slight colour variations in the crystal. Heat Treated Citrine will often have opaque white in it, usually at the base, which is a tell-tale sign of a heated crystal due to it's original Amethyst form.

    What is the difference between amethyst and Citrine? ›

    Did you know that all Citrine was once an Amethyst? The only chemical difference between Amethyst and Citrine is the oxidized state of the iron impurities. Naturally occurring Citrine is quite rare, which is the result of natural heat and pressure applied to Amethyst over a very long period of time.

    How can you tell if amethyst is heat-treated? ›

    The color change degree of heated amethyst is related to its initial color. When the initial color is darker, the color difference of heated amethyst is larger, and the easier it is to change the color after heat treatment. A more appropriate heating temperature to obtain citrine by heating amethyst is about 560 °C.

    Does it matter if Citrine is heat-treated? ›

    If it's heat-treated citrine, the color will be most concentrated at the tips but white at the bottom (see photos below). Also heat-treated citrine will be sort of crumbly & break apart easily since heating the stones at the temps necessary does seem to weaken the stability of the crystals.

    Which is better amethyst or citrine? ›

    Both the amethyst geode and the citrine geode will improve and uplift your life. Amethyst provides more peace and tranquility, while citrine offers us happiness and radiance. Both bring positive energy into our lives, just in a different way.

    Is citrine more expensive than amethyst? ›

    While citrine remains a relatively affordable gemstone with very high demand, it's quite rare in nature. As a result, the less expensive smoky quartz and purple amethyst are commonly heat treated to look like citrine.

    Can you put amethyst and citrine together? ›

    It can be easily paired with other crystals for healing or manifestation. Some of the best crystals that you can combine with amethyst include rose quartz, clear quartz, carnelian, and citrine.

    What is heat treated amethyst good for? ›

    It enhances the ability to assimilate new ideas and provides mental strength and stability. It is also used to provide comfort in a time of grief. Heat Treated Amethyst may vary in colour.

    What is the best crystal for sleep? ›

    Amethyst is by far one of the most widely used and known crystals for sleep. It provides both a soothing and serene frequency that will calm your surroundings making you feel very relaxed in its presence.

    Is heat treated amethyst real citrine? ›

    Citrine, amethyst, and smoky quartz are gems that can be heat-treated and sold as "Real Citrine."

    Does amethyst turn to citrine? ›

    Most Citrine is formed by heat treating purple Amethyst. Citrine may also be produced by heat-treating Smoky Quartz from certain localities. In some Amethyst deposits, the Amethyst has been partially or fully changed over to yellow Citrine by natural means of heating.

    How do you tell if a gem has been heat treated? ›

    Heat treatment is a very risky process as many gems have inclusions that expand at a different rate and cause stress fractures, which then becomes an identifying characteristic of heated gems, particularly sapphire and ruby which can display halos around inclusions within the gem.

    Is heat-treated amethyst still amethyst? ›

    Heat treatment does not affect a stone's healing properties unless the color changes, in which case only its use in color therapy will change. In conclusion, the stone is still an amethyst and will keep the healing properties of an amethyst.

    How can you tell the quality of citrine? ›

    Citrine ranges from a light pastel yellow to a dark reddish orange. The best quality of citrine has a saturated golden hue with fiery orange flashes inside. A saturated yellow to reddish orange color free of brownish tints is prized in citrine.

    Can you sleep with citrine? ›

    Citrine is great for removing negative energy from your body and living space. It can also bring you inspiring dreams if you keep Citrine by your bed at night. Like all crystals and stones, we recommend cleaning Citrine under cold water every two weeks and recharging them under a full moon.

    What is the luckiest crystal? ›

    One of the best crystals that brings good luck has to be Green Jade. For centuries Green Jade has been a stone that is synonymous with luck, wealth, and fortune. This is the reason you often see Green Jade in places of businesses. Red Jade is also known to be a lucky stone as is Citrine and Green Aventurine.

    Do you need to cleanse citrine? ›

    Crystals that don't need cleansing are selenite, clear quartz, citrine, kyanite and carnelian. There are different ways of cleansing a crystal.

    What color citrine is most valuable? ›

    Madeira citrine is the most famous for its golden-yellow color and is also higher in price. Buyer's note: Citrine is often confused with orange-yellow topaz. Topaz is more valuable than citrine and so beware of some dealers selling citrine labelled as topaz.

    How can you tell a quality amethyst? ›

    The finest amethyst color is a strong reddish purple or purple with no visible color zoning. Dealers prefer strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple, as long as the stone is not so dark that it reduces brightness. If the color is too dark, an amethyst might look black under dim lighting conditions.

    What does amethyst and citrine do? ›

    As a stone of both balance and connection, ametrine is believed to relieve tension, bring serenity and stimulate creativity, as well as balance mental stability and self-confidence. Ametrine is considered a double boost to remove toxins from the body, as both amethyst and citrine are detoxifiers.

    Which stone is best for wealth? ›

    Citrine stone is well known for financial and career success. It is known as the money stone, success stone and merchant stone for wealth luck. It promotes success, prosperity, and abundance.

    What crystals should not be mixed? ›

    WHICH STONES DO NOT MATCH AT ALL?
    • Clear quartz and stones with powerful properties. Quartz amplifies the energy of minerals nearby, so it is not recommended for use with strong minerals. ...
    • Lace agate and red jasper. ...
    • Smoky Quartz and Tiger Eye. ...
    • Pure quartz and green aventurine. ...
    • Amazonite and tiger's eye.

    Why is my amethyst turning white? ›

    When heated to more than about 300-400°C, amethyst loses its violet color and often turns yellow, orange or brown, and then resembles the quartz variety citrine, but depending on the locality and the temperature during the heat treatment it may also turn colorless or - rarely - green.

    What does it mean when a crystal is heat-treated? ›

    Heat Treatment is a gemstone's exposure to high temperatures that alters the color and increases the clarity. Specifically, heating is used to lighten, darken or enrich the color. Without heat treated gemstones, fine gems' availability in the most desirable colors would be scarce.

    Where do you put Citrine in bedroom? ›

    When to use it: Keep Citrine jewelry on you while you sleep or place a piece on your nightstand to keep a light glowing in the dark and to instantly zap any bad vibes that arrive. You can also place it on the windowsill as it loves basking in that morning light.

    What crystal is good for anxiety? ›

    Amethyst

    “It's a wonderful crystal to promote calmness, clarity and relaxation; it's said to release negative energy, stress and irritability,” Stacey says.

    Is Real citrine amethyst? ›

    Even though most of the citrines available in the market today are made from heat-treating amethysts, the amethyst and the citrine are two completely different gemstones.

    What does amethyst and citrine do? ›

    As a stone of both balance and connection, ametrine is believed to relieve tension, bring serenity and stimulate creativity, as well as balance mental stability and self-confidence. Ametrine is considered a double boost to remove toxins from the body, as both amethyst and citrine are detoxifiers.

    What does citrine do spiritually? ›

    Citrine is associated with positivity and optimism, which is not surprising given its cheerful color. It's often used to assist in manifesting financial abundance and opportunities. It can also be used to awaken the solar plexus chakra, helping to cultivate confidence and personal power.

    How can you tell if citrine is real? ›

    The Classic Glass Method

    As with all gemstones, Citrine is often faked by using colored glass. Luckily for us, Glass Citrine is a very poor representation of the original as Citrine is a very clear gemstone. If you see even a single bubble inside the gemstone, it's glass. Real Citrine will not have any bubbles at all.

    What color citrine is most valuable? ›

    Madeira citrine is the most famous for its golden-yellow color and is also higher in price. Buyer's note: Citrine is often confused with orange-yellow topaz. Topaz is more valuable than citrine and so beware of some dealers selling citrine labelled as topaz.

    How much does real citrine cost? ›

    How much is Citrine worth? The value of Citrine gemstone is dependent upon numerous factors including its color, clarity, cut, carat weight and place of origin. The most highly prized Citrine gemstone bear deep yellow hue and high transparency. Such pieces usually cost around Rs 400 per carat ($6 approx.)

    Why is citrine so powerful? ›

    Citrine is believed to be of value in healing the spiritual self as well, as it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. It carries the virtues of self-healing, inspiration and self-improvement. Carrying the power of the sun, it is excellent for overcoming depression, fears and phobias.

    Do you need to cleanse citrine? ›

    Crystals that don't need cleansing are selenite, clear quartz, citrine, kyanite and carnelian. There are different ways of cleansing a crystal.

    Can you sleep with citrine? ›

    Citrine is great for removing negative energy from your body and living space. It can also bring you inspiring dreams if you keep Citrine by your bed at night. Like all crystals and stones, we recommend cleaning Citrine under cold water every two weeks and recharging them under a full moon.

    How do you recharge citrine? ›

    Leave the stone under the moonlight overnight. Moonlight is a pure, benevolent cleanser and charger. On a clear night, lay your citrine in a safe spot outside or on a windowsill that gets lots of moonlight. Let it sit overnight and absorb the moon's energy and silvery light.

    Can citrine be worn daily? ›

    Back to the main question, can it be worn daily? Yes, but only if you're careful with it. Citrines have a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, with zero gemstone cleavage. Both these factors indicate that this is a fairly durable gem; however, it needs to be handled with care.

    Is natural citrine cloudy? ›

    While this may seem desirable, natural citrine usually has a cloudy appearance around the base. In the case of coloured glass, you can even notice bubbles and other glassy traits.

    Does citrine change color? ›

    The Gemstone Citrine

    It takes a relatively low temperature to change the color light to golden yellow, and heating to higher temperatures will give the stone a darker yellow to brownish-red color. The name Citrine is derived from the citron fruit, a yellow fruit similar to the lemon.

    Does citrine scratch easily? ›

    Citrine has a Mohs Scale Hardness of 7, meaning it is not easily scratched and is durable enough to avoid scratching and chipping during daily wear.

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