Confused between Citrine (Sunela), Yellow Topaz & Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj)

Most of People get confused between similar looking stones like Citrine, Yellow Topaz & Yellow Sapphire.  In Fact all three stones are completely different, with just one similarity of color. All there have different Physical, Optical & Chemical properties as listed in table below. Yellow Sapphire is the hardest and most durable among all three. Yellow sapphire is also more precious (expensive) than both Citrine & Yellow Topaz.  So, Yellow Topaz & Citrine are substitutes for Yellow Sapphire. The Primary reason of buying a substitute is the Budget.
Out of Citrine & Yellow Topaz, Citrine is more abundantly available and lesser expensive.

Citrine Yellow Topaz Yellow Sapphire
Hindi Name Sunela Topaz Pukhraj
Mineral Quartz Topaz Corundum
Optic Character DR uniaxial + DR biaxial + DR uniaxial –
Hardness 7 8 9
Refractive Index 1.544-1553 1.610-1.620 1.760 – 1.770
Specific Gravity 2.65 3.52 4.00
Transparency Always Transparent Sometimes Transparent Rarely Transparent
Luster Vitreous Vitreous vitreous
Price Range per Carat 200 – 500 500 – 2000 2000-50,000

Citrine is often called ‘Topaz’ due to lack of knowledge and even sold interchangeably in the market. But, Topaz is more rare, precious & expensive than Citrine. Several traders, deliberately or Un-deliberately, sell off Citrine & Yellow Topaz as Yellow Sapphire. This could be lack of information and knowledge also. Even Some astrologers recommend Citrine or Yellow Topaz to start with in place of yellow sapphire for astrological benefits. But Citrine & Yellow Topaz cannot give same good results of Yellow sapphire. Pukhraj is the hindi name of Yellow Sapphire only. One thing should be kept in mind that Citrine, Topaz and yellow Sapphire are 3 different stones. So, you must select stone as per your requirement, Choice and Budget.

How to buy Gemstone?

Always insist for a Lab-report from reputed laboratory while purchasing a gemstone. A Certificate must authenticate and mention clearly the scientific name of the Stone.

Shubh Gems has a wide range of Fine Quality Certified Natural Citrine, Yellow Topaz & Yellow sapphires stones to choose from. Our experts will guide you to choose stones as per your choice, requirement & budget. Gemstones are available in all shapes and sizes. All Gemstones are certified by reputed Gem Testing Laboratory.  Each Stone is tested for their astrological suitability and is free from any Dosh, Cracks, Black Inclusions (Spots) etc.
We also make Gemstone Rings on order in any metal.

For any further Assistance, Email us at shubhgemsindia@gmail.com or Call us at +91-8010-555-111

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