Is Your Citrine Real…or FAKE?! And Why it Matters.

How to Tell If Citrine is Real Or Fake Heat Treated

So….. I recently discovered some pretty cool information with my friend & Homepath Cristie, as we embarked on a cool crystal class together last week at Vision & Dreams. I learned which crystals are “programmable” which crystals can lock in intentions and how the different shapes of crystals affect the healing and characteristic qualities. Crystals are conscious and living beings that came and grow directly from the earth. They are thousands, hundreds, millions years old. And what would you do with a conscious being that is 100000 of years old? You would probably listen to it right? Because, being that old.. it probably knows some things.


With the whole Crystal trend thats poppin’ right now (which we LOVE by the way), you have different types of crystal lovers: the ones that know nothing and love them because they are sparkly, the ones that actually study them and talk to them, know their individual healing benefits and the ones who sell them because they know its a trend and want to cash out.

With that being said, Citrine is one, if not the MOST popular crystal in the WORLD. Because of its strong characteristics of property and abundance, people all over the world caught on and wanted a piece for themselves.  Natural Citrine is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving.  Called The Merchant’s Stone for its properties of increase in the cashbox, sparkling yellow Citrine not only assists in acquiring wealth, but helps in maintaining it.

Naturally occuring Citrine is a variety of Quartz that is found at only a few places in the world. The color of natural Citrine is a lemon shade, in stark contrast to the predominatly red influence to the majority of “Citrine” available to begining collectors.

Since there are so few locations for great quality natural Citrine, the demand for this brightly colored mineral lead to people figuring out that if you stuck certain types of Amethyst into a kiln you could turn the purple into a deep reddish orange.

Genuine Natural Citrine crystals are distinct and easy to tell apart from the “burnt Amethyst” ones… but still people offer it for sale everywhere. Here is what real citrine looks like:

One researcher even sent numerous messages to some dealers about the misleading descriptions and they respond by making the descriptions that much more misleading! Take this quote for example…

Citrine is very difficult to acquire, and the cost is more expensive than Amethyst of the same quality. This Citrine is a higher standard of quality which of course commands a higher price as with all of my Citrine specimens they have very little matrix which means more crystals for your money.

Firstly – the fake stuff is the wrong shape!! Citrine is NOT ‘tooth-shaped’… Fake:

When Amethyst is baked to make Fake Citrine, a tooth-shaped crystal point which is broken out of an Amethyst Geode is always used. These have been broken / smashed out of an Amethyst Geode.

This is very obvious, because the crystals of Fake Citrine (and Amethyst from geodes!) always have a very tapered base – like a Tooth Root / a diamond-shape. Fake Citrines do NOT have the straight 6 sides of a natural Quartz point.. like a Natural Citrine would.  A Natural Citrine IS a 6-sided Clear Quartz point, with a twinge of Iron giving it the colour, so it should have 6 straight, vertical sides, like Clear Quartz Point.

And Secondly – it’s by far the wrong colour !

Citrine is Clear Quartz (Silica Dioxide) which has been introduced to trace Iron elements and heat during its growth – giving a subtle white wine Yellow. “Burnt Amethyst” crystals are such an unnatural orange colour.  So – the Shape and the Colour of a Faked Citrine are both not correct. Genuine Citrine is a stunning gentle White Wine colour – NOT a horrid burnt dark Orange.

At least 99% of the “citrine” on the market is heat-treated amethyst, which again is colored by the presence of iron, not aluminum and lithium, like true citrine.

True natural citrine is extremely rare.

With this being said, heat treating or enhancing a crystal – to fake another crystal, can, will and does,  reduce the frequency & effectiveness of the crystal itself, since it does weaken the stone some. Some healers and channelers even say that it ruins and kills the stone completely. Since they are conscious beings, how would we like it if we got dipped into boiling hot water and changed our color?

So be on the look out! Is your citrine real? Or fake? We have being buying fake citrine for the past few months not knowing this information and we were both shocked and sad to have found out this truth. Now we are on the quest to get a real citrine in our collection. If you are interested in adding real Citrine to your crystal collection, click here.

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  • Citrine and Amethyst are both types of Quartz. And “fake” Citrine is not always tooth shaped because Amethyst is also not always tooth shaped. Real Citrine can be found in more shapes than just a point as well.

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