Topaz and Citrine are often confused for each other although they are unrelated. The most prized Topaz is Imperial Topaz and is orangey red with pink undertones. Topaz also comes in blue, yellow, pink and purple although the orange/yellow color is the most well known and the blue is the most available.
– Topaz is believed to be cooling, dispel sadness, anger and nocturnal fears, and to protect from sudden death and poison
– For men it is believed to make the wearer handsome and intelligent
– For women it is believed to make the wearer fertile and happy
– There was an old rumor that you could stick your hand in a pot of boiling water with a topaz in it and remain unharmed (it’s not true, DO NOT attempt this!)
– Topaz comes in large crystals, sometimes weighed by Kilos
– Topaz displays different colors in different directions
Citrine is often confused for Topaz because of it’s often yellow/brown color. It is more affordable than Topaz and so it is more widely used. Citrine is a member of the quartz family, which is very affordable and wide ranging in colors.
– Natural Citrine is very rare, most Citrine available is heat treated
– Citrine commemorates a 13th anniversary
– Citrine is the most popular yellow gemstone (because it is more affordable than Topaz)
– Amethyst and citrine colors soemtimes combine to create and “ametrine”