Can anyone share with me how I might enhance the color of citrine?
A client would like a brighter hue on the beads I purchased, and
I'd rather not invest in another strand.
Restring them on a brightly colored thread. The beads will pick up
apparent color from the thread running through them, and the colored
knots, if you knot the strand, will also add to the effect. If you
string the same beads on white, light yellow, and bright orange
threads, each will look different. The only other options you have
involve dye in the drill holes, which isn't ethical or permanent, or
in some cases, heat treatment. But heat treatment generally has
already been done on citrine (much of it starts out as light
amethyst,) and doing it again won't improve the color (unless they
were subjected to conditions that bleached the color out. Not
common.) You can get both silk and nylon beading threads carded and
already with a needle, which is handy when you're needing just a
little of this color and would never need it again...