is one of the most affordable yet durable gemstones. Named from the French name for lemon,"citron," many citrines have a juicy lemon color. Citrine includes yellow to gold to orange-brown shades of transparent quartz
. Although the darker, orange colors of citrine, sometimes called Madeira citrine after the color of the wine, has generally been the most valued color, in modern times, many people prefer the bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colors. Citrine is generally more expensive than amethyst
and is also available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. Because it is more valuable, it is not often found in cabochon cuts since faceted gems can demand quite high of prices for top quality grade materials.