Dont feel too bad - apparently most ‘citrine’ out there is actually heat treated amethyst. Real citrine is relatively rare. It looks more like this (more lemon yellow than golden brown): http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/citrine.aspx?img=/RoughImage/3/9/Citrine.aspx
Thanks for this submission. I didn’t know that could be done! I love learning from my followers. Heat treating or metal treating doesn’t bother me, it’s really only unnatural dyes that get to me. At least it starts from amethyst, a member of the same quartz family. I still think my gift from my mom is beautiful and special.