Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz and has its name from the French word “citron”, meaning “lemon”. This transparent yellow gem is gorgeous by itself, but can also be beautifully elevated in combination with other colourful gemstones. Citrine is the birthstone for November, and its warm radiance will undoubtedly illuminate this cold month. Read on, if you would like to know more about the elegant citrine! ♡ Shiri
Citrine is the birthstone assigned to the month of November, alongside the lovely topaz. Jewellery set with a pretty citrine will be a delightful gift, especially for someone born in the month of November.
Jewellery set with the stunning citrine is usually gifted on the 13th wedding anniversary. As this gemstone is often associated with happiness and success, a beautiful piece of jewellery set with the citrine makes it a highly suitable gift for a very special day.
The spiritual qualities of the citrine include: energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, success, wealth, generosity, and happiness. As the citrine is said to spark energy and enthusiasm, it makes a wonderful gemstone for motivation. Citrine is known to be associated with success and prosperity, but is equally a gemstone of creativity and intuition. Some also believe, that the citrine holds a balancing quality, which enables the holder to let go of fears and negativity.
Since ancient times the citrine has been a popular gemstone. Adorning jewellery with citrines can be traced back to ancient Greece. Allegedly, Queen Victoria was particularly fond of this yellow gemstone and influenced the citrine to become the decoration for traditional Scottish kilt pins and brooches. Citrine was a prominent gemstone of the art deco period, where especially large faceted citrines were popular set in jewellery.
One legend suggests that the citrine was assumed to have the ability to protect against evil thoughts, while another lore suggests that the gemstone was said to guard against poisonous snake bites.
Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz. Pure quartz is colourless and is also known as rock crystal. When impurities of iron are present during the formation, the quartz takes a yellow hue, making it a citrine. This colour can vary in a wonderful spectre from pale yellow to a deeper orange-brown colour. The depth of colour is determined by the amount of iron. The citrine is categorized at 7 on the Mohs' scale of hardness.