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Congo and Brazilian Citrine—besides their location, what is the difference?

Citrine is a variety of quartz that can be found in many places throughout the world. It exhibits a subtle and even distribution of hues of yellow and orange to a deep brownish or reddish orange.  

At jujujems, we are familiar with the yellows and browns of Brazilian Citrine; however, we recently came across Congo Citrine and were intrigued by its transparency with just a slight hint of color. After speaking with a geologist and doing some due diligence of our own, we found a few similarities between Congo and Brazilian, but also some differences:


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Brazilian Citrine (left) Congo Citrine (right)

Color: Brazilian Citrine typically has a vibrant yellow-to-orange hue, ranging from pale yellow to deep amber. Congo Citrine tends to have a lighter, almost champagne-like color with hints of yellow or brown.

Some collectors and gemstone enthusiasts believe that Congo Citrine tends to have a slightly deeper, richer color compared to Brazilian Citrine, with hues that lean more toward orange or reddish tones. However, variations in color can occur within each location's deposits, so it's not a definitive distinction.

Clarity: Brazilian Citrine often has a transparent to translucent clarity, allowing light to pass through easily. Congo Citrine may have a slightly cloudier appearance due to the presence of microscopic inclusions.

Energetic Properties: Some proponents of crystal healing may perceive subtle differences in the energetic properties of each variety based on their origins and color variations. Brazilian Citrine is often associated with warmth, abundance, and vitality, while Congo Citrine may be thought to have a more grounding or stabilizing energy.

Pricing: Brazilian Citrine, being more widely available, may generally be more affordable. However, high-quality Brazilian Citrine specimens with intense color and excellent clarity can command higher prices. Congo Citrine, being less common, may also be affordable, but exceptional specimens can still fetch high prices.

Market Availability: Congo Citrine, while also valued for its quality and beauty, is less commonly found for sale compared to Brazilian Citrine. Its availability can depend on factors such as mining operations and export regulations within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Brazilian Citrine is more widely available in the market due to Brazil's status as a major producer of Citrine. Its abundance and accessibility make it a popular choice for jewelry and crystal enthusiasts worldwide.

Overall, while both Congo Citrine and Brazilian Citrine share many similarities in terms of their properties and uses, their geological origin and potential variations in color can provide collectors and enthusiasts with distinct options to choose from based on personal preference and aesthetic appeal.

You can view our Citrine Collection at our website, Specimens | jujujems

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