The gemstone Citrine is a precious little sun under the gemstones. It is the birthstone of November and who does not need a little sunbeam when daylight is diminishing (Northern Hemisphere). You feel great with this bright and yellow gemstone that brightens up every dark day.
The citrine is a great anti-depressant cure: the yellow gemstone makes you happy, enlarges your concentration, gives a lot of confidence, and makes determent. And it is the gemstone of the 17th anniversary. A lot of reasons to get to know this gemstone better!
What’s in a name?
The name comes from the word ‘citrin’, which means in the old French language ‘lemon’. It sounds like a very suitable name since the color of this gem is mostly yellow, like lemon. But in the time that the gemstone gets its name, that name doesn’t refer to the lemon as we know it, but to large fragrant citrus fruit, which is one of the four original citrus fruits available. It is very rare quartz, that ranges in color from pale yellow to dark amber.
What does this gemstone look like?
Citrine is quartz and is transparent with a yellow color, caused by traces of iron and sometimes aluminum. Because it is so rare people find it worthwhile to make a fake version of it. Most of the time they heat amethyst or smokey quartz. When you heat those gemstones above 200 grades the purple and grey colors disappear and become yellow. This forgery goes so far that most of this gem you can buy on the marketplace (90%) is a fraud (heated amethyst or smokey quartz). They call it Bahia- or Madeira citrine.
Beautiful, but fake
But as stated before there came so many fake copies on the market that the price collapses, since people don’t know whether they buy a fake or a genuine one and keep away from it. Nowadays there is a kind of revival for the citrine. Women don’t mind wearing fake one when it is big and shiny. Besides that, the color yellow is getting more popular and there are not many gemstones in that color.
Citrine: a multifunctional gemstone
Thousands of years ago, when people then don’t know this beautiful yellow stone is a gemstone, this beauty is used to decorating tools, weapons, and jewelry. Archeologists find it in Hellenistic graves in Greece, in ancient Egypt, and from the 17th century, they discover this gemstone at decorated dagger handles in Scotland. They find out that it was kept as a piece of jewelry to prevent getting poisoned.
Loving it goes far
The citrine is one of the most popular yellow gemstones. And its popularity goes back to about 300BC. Especially the Greeks adored this gem.
The appreciation for the citrine changed in times. In Ancient Roman Time, this lovely gemstone is very popular amongst wealthy people, because it is so beautiful and rare. Again in the 19th Century and during the Art Deco period (1918-1940) it becomes very popular and great film divas like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford wear this gem with grace.
The people in the Roman Times consider it as a piece of the sun. The Romans think that the stone absorbs a sunbeam and has the ability to keep that sunbeam in the stone. When you are depressed you have a citrine with you and to avoid disaster the soldiers have citrine on their weapon outfit.
And that feeling of avoiding a disaster wearing a citrine survived until at least the 17th century. We have data that say that Scottish soldiers decorated their weapons with citrine. And there must have been a reason for that!
The biggest fan
One of the biggest fans of this yellow gemstone is Queen Victoria of England. There are more gemstones she likes a lot, especially when that gemstone is found in her kingdom. But her favorite is the citrine, because of its sunny exuberance. And because you find them in her beloved Scotland. When the Balmoral Castle is built in 1852 in Scotland she orders that all the visitors have to wear quilts and the full Highland plaid attire, including the quilt jewelry… that has to be decorated with the citrine.
The gemstone Citrine is great for your health.
The citrine has so many great qualities for your health/body and mind, that I will summarize a few and will not be complete:
- The citrine improves concentration and avoids transpiration.
- It cleans your body and repairs what is wrong
- You attract wealth, prosperity, success, and all the other good things you need/want. But it also stimulates sharing what you owe. This gemstone does not like quarrels and conflicts and helps to solve those problems.
- It enlarges your self-respect and confidence. Stimulates your creativity and makes you optimistic.
- This gem cures you of depressions, fears, and phobics. It makes you calm so that the wisdom in you can get a chance to work.
- And it solves problems with the liver, blatter, kidneys, diabetes mellitus, nerves, and bones.
- You get relaxed wearing a citrine and when you have burnout (not worn it!) it shows you everything in perspective again.
How to take care of a citrine?
The hardness on the scale of Moh’s of the citrine is 7. That is not too soft, but you have to take care not to scratch your citrine. But in everyday life and everyday use, your citrine will survive!.
Don’t leave your citrine in the sun or go sunbathing with it. The gemstone does not like the sun and changes in color (getting lighter). You can clean the gemstone with a jeweler cleaner, soft cloth or plain soap, and warm water. Dry it properly afterward.
Are you a November birthday girl? You are lucky to have this gemstone as a birthstone. But also the other sun-loving ladies will love this beauty. That remembers me that I bought a ring with this gem from my first earned money when I was 15 years old or so. Anyway if you love birthstones and other gemstones, you better ask for this present from FlorenceJewelshop. It is an e-book about all birthstones. Also, a great gift to add with a birthstone present. It is free of charge. Just let me know where I can send it to.
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