Perhaps the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstone, citrine is a variety of quartz, and a November birthstone. While it’s an attractive alternative for topaz as well as yellow sapphire, natural citrine is actually quite rare, and those without color zoning or visible inclusions are highly sought after.

GIA’s Citrine Buying Guide clues you in on key quality factors that can better inform your purchase. Find out why warm, sunny colors are preferred, and what makes citrine jewelry appropriate for bold, dramatic designs.

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