The Yellow and the Clear: Distinguishing Citrine from Clear Quartz - MagicBox Crystals

The Yellow and the Clear: Distinguishing Citrine from Clear Quartz

Citrine and clear quartz are two popular gemstones that are often confused with each other due to their similar appearance. However, there are a few simple ways to tell them apart.

  1. Color: The most obvious difference between citrine and clear quartz is their color. Citrine is a warm, yellow to orange color, while clear quartz is, well, clear. Some clear quartz may have a milky appearance, but it should not be yellow or orange.

  2. Hardness: Both citrine and clear quartz are relatively hard, but citrine is slightly softer. You can test the hardness of your gemstone by scratching it with a hard object like a knife. If it easily scratches, it is probably citrine.

  3. UV Light: Another way to tell the difference between citrine and clear quartz is to place them under UV light. Citrine will emit a yellow or orange glow, while clear quartz will not emit any color.

  4. Inclusions: Inclusions are small particles or bubbles that are trapped inside the gemstone. Clear quartz is often found with visible inclusions, while citrine is typically free of inclusions. However, this is not always a reliable indicator as citrine can also have inclusions.

  5. Price: Lastly, price can be a good indicator of whether you have citrine or clear quartz. Citrine is typically more expensive than clear quartz, as it is a rarer gemstone. However, it is important to note that the price can vary depending on the size and quality of the gemstone.

In conclusion, the best way to determine if you have citrine or clear quartz is to look at the color, hardness, UV light reaction, inclusions, and price. If you are still unsure, it is always a good idea to consult with a gemologist or take it to a jewelry store for evaluation.

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