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THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKE CITRINE
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 how to easily spot the Fake Citrine and learn about Natural Citrines:
Firstly - the fake stuff is the wrong shape!! Citrine is NOT 'tooth-shaped'...
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. (see photos below)
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.
All these crystal articles are written by me, Loren Warn of Pixie Crystals, from personal experience. Please do not copy them without reference AND giving a web-link to their source.
Loren : Pixie Crystals founder, photographer, owner and author