Gem Class: Citrine

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Blog, Gem Class | No Comments

November’s honey-glowed birthstone, Citrine, is named after the French word ‘citrin’ meaning lemon. It comes in a multitude of colors that range from straw and sun yellow to a clay orange or a Maderia red. The red variety is the most valuable, the natural yellow is the most rare, but the straw and orange hued are the most popular.

The ancient Romans used citrine to make beautiful jewelry, however it didn’t become popular until the 18th century. The Arc Deco period, between World War I and II, graced us with many large citrine pieces for the likes of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford. It is often used for rings with larger stones because of it’s lower price and ultimate shine.

Historically, citrine could be found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, France and Hungary. Nowadays, most of the citrine comes from Brazil but most of the Brazilian material is just heat-treated amethyst. Real, natural citrine can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Dauphine France, and Madagascar.

Citrine has many alleged miraculous powers. It symbolizes light-heartedness, joy, and happiness. Many times it is used as a protective talisman that calms and soothes the owner. Another signature of citrine is wisdom and peace. It enhances creativity and motivates writers.

This gemstone has also been known to possess magical healing powers. It is said to be beneficial for the digestion, stomach aches and  eliminating nightmares. It can also help treat diabetes and relieve depression and also reduces the harmful effects of electrical products and environmental toxins.

Not only is Citrine November’s birthstone, it’s also used to celebrate the 13th wedding anniversary.

Do you believe Citrine’s mystical powers?


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