The stone citrine is actually amethyst which formed in a warm or hot environment over many years. What is often sold as citrine is actually baked amethyst, very nice, but it is most likely not the right colour.
So the stone is actually a light grayish-yellow, and quite pale.
The orange we are used to seeing with a slightly caramel colour is the baked amethyst, which is essentially an artificially heat-treated stone.
BAKED AMETHYST (CITRINE)