THE CITRINE "SCAM"

Interestingly enough, we can't tackle the topic of Citrine without first discussing the human history of Amethyst.

As most people know, purple is the color most associated with royalty. This probably goes back to Prehistoric times, and it's kind of disgusting to think about the lengths that the ancient Romans, for example, went to access this color.

(Example: in order to dye things purple in the Ancient World, you first needed to commit Murex snail genocide, and then human urine was used as an agent to adhere color to fabric-- this is the practical reason why incense & fragrance were so widely used by ancient nobility).

For most of human history, it was well and good to reserve Amethyst for royalty-- up until the 1700s, Amethyst was so scarce that it was classified as a precious gemstone.

This all changed in the 18th century; the largest deposit of Amethyst ever found was discovered in Brazil. So much, in fact, that Amethyst was permanently busted down to semi-precious status. This is why Amethyst is now ubiquitous in shopping malls everywhere.

True Citrine has always been rare; far rarer than Amethyst. Enterprising businessmen in the 19th century discovered that by heating Amethyst, the hue changed from purple to orange.

When we say "True Citrine" what we mean to say is "Yellow Citrine." The yellow coloration in True Citrine is due to Lithium/Aluminum inclusions. The yellow here occurs along a spectrum we would call "Pineapple Life-Saver" to "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" (that is to say: a washed-out yellow to an almost gray-green).

Amethyst receives its coloration due to Iron/Manganese inclusions. These turn orange when heated, but retain the same telltale white base as in its original Amethyst form (<--- this is a main point of discernment if you're trying to determine "True Citrine" from "Baked Amethyst").

When I discovered "the Citrine Scam" I was really perplexed; because of those 19th century businessmen, everyone now assumes that Citrine is orange. In order to keep customers in the loop, what could I now realistically sell this as? "Fake Citrine"? "Baked Amethyst"?

Finally, I realized the most diplomatic way to engage the Citrine-seeking customer was to ask the follow-up question: "are you looking for Yellow or Orange Citrine?"

This usually sparks a conversation highlighting the above data, and it should also be noted that there's nothing wrong with Orange Citrine-- indeed, some customers are more drawn to the bright orange contrast with white, over the sometimes murky/smoky-looking Yellow Citrine.

Said conversation then almost always comes down to which Chakra Point you're more drawn to, or trying to work with-- Sacral goes with Orange Citrine, Solar Plexus goes with Yellow.

Essentially: this all comes down to personal preference. Just know that YELLOW Citrine tends to be much more expensive (due to its scarcity) than ORANGE.

-J

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