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

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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.

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  • Jubin 17/11/2017 at 8:02 am

    Hi My name is Jubin,I want a yellow sapphire same time the budget is not hight..Can you recommend me good yellow sapphire that suits my budget

  • Shubh Gems 10/12/2017 at 7:31 am

    Hello Mr Jubin, Shubh Gems offers a wide range of 100% Pure, Natural & Lab-Certified Astrological Gemstones & Rings. We have a Wide range of Fine Quality Yellow Sapphires. For further query, Visit & Live-Chat on our Website Or Call 8010-555-111.

  • Jatin Pandya 07/03/2018 at 12:48 pm

    Topaz gemstone is one of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed.

  • denish jivani 23/03/2018 at 9:24 am

    i am wearing yellow topaz in right hand ring figure. can i wear opal fire in left hand index figure .

  • Bryanne 05/10/2018 at 3:12 am

    Hello I have a pale yellow ring that is not transparent but still beautiful. It scratched easy and it was sold to me as a citrine ring. When I got it I knew it wasn’t citrine because of the transparency or lack there of I should say. I’m wondering if I have a topaz ring instead now? Or yellow sapphire? I can send a picture if someone can help me out? Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    • Rehan Nasir 16/10/2018 at 8:05 pm

      May be you have a piece of yellow glass 😀


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