You've probably seen cute little pieces of citrine in gift or museum shops, white with a tangerine tip. You may also have a citrine cluster, white with beautiful deep rust coloured points, but did you know this was actually amethyst? Okay, so now you're thinking, what?! EVERYONE knows amethyst is purple right?, you're right it is! but once they bake and heat that amethyst up that purple turns to orange!
These necklaces I stocked a few years ago are indeed baked amethyst ( and were sold as such), these were once amethyst, heated to turn them orange. Now many crystals have treatments, some people love it, some people hate it, but the most important thing is that you purchase what you are drawn to, and what makes you happy, but it's always good to know if what you are purchasing is being sold as what it really is. Nobody wants to be tricked!
If you see Citrine with this strong orange colouring, it will be baked amethyst. Citrine is more of a yellow to smoky colour, and has more of the opacity of quartz - this is genuine citrine. Once you know the difference between the two, it is up to you to decide what you like, if you are still drawn to it, that is perfectly fine, this whole crystal journey is about what makes you feel good - there are no rules here! But at least now you can make an educated purchase!
Love & light
Natasha, Wild Inanda x