Citrine - Novembers Gemstone of a Golden Gleam

By: Sarah Stephens

Citrine is a semi-precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often found in yellow or golden hues, and is widely recognized as the November birthstone. This seems extremely fitting as its color is often reminiscent of the turning leaves. But beyond its modern-day uses and associations, citrine holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong aesthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall in love with your citrine jewelry - or inspire you to buy some today!

Citrine is a form of quartz with deep, translucent golden, brown, orange and yellow shades. The gemstone name comes from the French word for lemon, "citron." People have used quartz in jewelry for centuries. The ancient Greeks carved rock crystal (clear/colorless quartz) for ornaments and decorations, and the Egyptians used them for talismans. The purple variety, amethyst, was used in jewelry for royalty and nobility. This gem is all around us, from the gems used and set in jewelry, to tiny particles at the beach, sparkling in the sun.

Quartz is believed to be good for expressing and soothing emotions, bringing mental clarity, calmness, balance, luck, and promoting self-esteem. Sometimes referred to as the "Stone of Wealth," Citrine helps encourage prosperity. Citrine is primarily mined in Brazil.

Citrine gemstones look best as parts of formal evening jewelry when paired with diamonds, quartz crystal or black onyx. More casual combinations include softer contrasts with green peridot, light aquamarine or amethyst. To see a selection of handmade artisan jewelry featuring citrine, click here. Citrine is typically considered a sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings, citrine works well to enhance the luster of hazel eyes.

Mohs' Hardness score is based on a 10 point scale where 10 is the most resistant, like a diamond, and 1 is easily scratched, such as Talc. Citrine gets a score of 7.5, meaning that it is quite scratch resistant and therefore suitable as a component of everyday jewelry. Citrine gemstones should be regularly cleaned by a professional or with a soft rag and mild soap and water. Other methods, including ultra-sonic clenares, solvents and harsh chemicals should be avoided when cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can damage semi-precious and precious gemstones and pearls.

Learn more about all semi-precious gemstones, including amethyst, apatite, black onyx, blue topaz, carnelian, chalcedony, citrine, coral, garnet, white topaz, crystal, diamond, emerald, iolite, jade, Labradorite, moonstone, pearl, peridot, prehnite, rose quarz, ruby, sapphire, smokey topaz, tanzanite, tourmaline and tourquoise when you check out this gemstone chart.

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