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A variety of quartz, the name citrine comes from the French "citron," which means lemon and speaks to the rich yellow hues of the stone. The gem ranges in shades from the bright, pure yellow of its namesake to darker, earthier tones of orange to brown. Though very rare in nature, citrine is found on a variety of continents throughout the world. Many citrines on the market begin as amethysts which, when heat treated, turn a brownish yellow or yellow color.