Both topaz and citrine are the birthstones associated with November. Here we look at the sizzling citrine, associated with power and protection. Associated with self-confidence, happiness, intellect, mental clarity and protection, citrine is one of the best stones to have if you want to protect your personal energy. Beautifully set in a pair of earrings, a pendant or a ring set with other semi precious stones, citrine jewellery is timeless in so many ways.
The Power of the Stunning Citrine
Citrine is also known as an “Optimist’s Stone” because it helps to bring out the best in people by promoting optimism and creativity while diffusing anger or hostility. It can help overcome fear of new ideas or experiences by providing courage to get on with life without being overwhelmed by negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, depression or insecurity. When you feel powerless to change your circumstances, citrine soothes and strengthens by clearing out self-destructive or negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones bringing a sense of peace and lessening stress.
What are the Colour Characteristics of the Citrine Gem?
Citrine is a variety of quartz with a colour range from light yellow to deep orange or brownish-red. It’s one of several minerals mined from rock crystal, but its colour and vitreous lustre arises from iron oxide impurities taken from its origin.
For centuries, citrine was known as the “Stone of Gold” because its deep golden yellow hue reminded many of the glint of sunlight on gold coins.
When purchasing jewellery with citrine gemstones, it is important to look closely at the colour of stones and determine if they are light or dark as the price of the citrine stone will depend on this determination.
Light coloured citrine, which is sometimes called “golden” or “yellow” citrine is considered to be the most valuable because it so closely resembles natural top-grade sunstones, which are now extremely rare and highly prized. Deep orange stones are less expensive than yellows but because of their colour they are often misrepresented as top quality citrine. However depth of colour is not always an accurate indication of value so choosing to buy your jewellery through an experienced jewellery will offer you the right peace of mind.
The History and Origin of the Citrine Gemstone
The citrine gemstone is one of the oldest and most recognised gemstones around. It’s been used as jewellery and decoration since ancient times, and was considered by many cultures to be the jewel of the elite.
In the Roman Empire, citrine gemstones were used as a talisman to attract love and happiness. Egyptians of that time also considered it a symbol of prosperity and happiness, and believed it could protect them from negative energy.
Citrine is mined in Brazil, together with other Brazilian stones like amethyst, topaz and green quartz. While citrine remains a relatively affordable gemstone with very high demand, it’s quite rare in nature. As a result, the less expensive smoky quartz and purple amethyst are commonly heat treated to look like citrine so be sure to ask your jewellery it’s exact origin and get a true valuation for what you are buying.
Citrine as the Ideal Gift for Birthdays or Anniversaries
If you are looking for a gift idea for a loved one with a November birthday, of course citrine would be the ideal choice! A gift of citrine jewellery for a birthday or a 13th wedding anniversary will be well-received by many people who find this gemstone to be calming and motivating.
Whether you want to purchase something from our collection online today or have us make an exclusive piece just for you, call Francarlo Jeweller or book a free online consultation to discuss your ideas. Our team will help you find exactly what they’re looking for with expert advice and customer service second-to-none.