The rare orange color of this cushion fire citrine features the deep, dynamic appearance of an open flame, and the checkerboard facets increase the play of light across the surface, intensifying the impression of fire. Set a single stone for a simple design or match it with stones of similar or complementary colors for a more complex look. Citrine is one of the birthstones for November.
Citrine, although often mistakenly referred to as topaz, belongs to the quartz family. The yellow color of this gemstone is due to the presence of iron in the trigonal crystal structure. Named for its bright citrus color, citrine can present a range of yellow hues, from pale yellow to deep brownish gold. Though gemstone-quality stones are rare, Rio Grande offers the highest quality citrine available. According to folklore, citrine conveys the power of the sun.
The cushion cut is a classic style; it combines features of the oval cut with a deep cut and large facets. Checkerboard faceting features square facets across the entire crown on the gemstone; this faceting is ideal for larger gemstones, increasing the scintillation effect.