Believed to carry the power of the sun, citrine is a warm and energizing gemstone. Named for the citron fruit, citrine is a quartz variety that appears in rich shades of yellow and orange.
This gorgeous gemstone is said to inspire imagination and creativity. It encourages its wearer to embark on new endeavors and enjoy unfamiliar experiences. The November birthstone is known as “The Merchant’s Stone,” as it is thought to help attract wealth and abundance.
When it comes to relationships, citrine can help resolve problems by increasing understanding and protecting against jealousy, resentment, and other unfavorable emotions. Citrine is colored yellow and orange by a trace of iron. Citrine crystals can form together with amethyst or smoky quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called ametrine.
Natural citrine can be found in Brazil, Russia, France, and Madagascar. The finest color gems come from Madeira, Brazil. The most desirable citrines display a reddish-orange color free of any brown tones. When not heat-treated to enhance their color, natural citrines are often deep, honey gold. Treated stones can be a dark orange-brown to reddish-brown.
Citrine is said to bring wealth into the house and alleviate nightmares if placed under the pillow. The sunny yellow stone can be worn to instantly lift a mood. It is the most popular yellow gemstone on the market today because of its availability in almost any size and shape. It was extremely popular in the Retro jewelry period of the 30’s and 40’s, where large stones were often set in rose gold and accented with small rubies.
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