Citrine, Our Favourite November Birthstone
The autumnal oranges and golds of leaves falling off trees in November reflect perfectly the most popular colours found in Citrine, colours that are said to be a gift from the sun. The name of this gemstone is derived from “citrin”; in French the word for lemon.
The birthstones for November are Citrine and Topaz, which may often be mistaken for each other but whose origins are distinct. If you are celebrating your birthday this month then you share it with David Schwimmer, Richard Burton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster.
Citrine is a form of quartz whose yellow hues are derived from the traces of iron that it contains. Most Citrine is sourced from Brazil, and other suppliers are in Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the United States (Colorado, North Carolina and California specifically). The source of the gem produces its own distinctive colour and hue.
Citrine has been found in jewellery from ancient times; in Egyptian talismans, from the Greeks who carved rock crystal ornaments from larger pieces, and the Romans’ jewellery and intaglio work, where an image or profile is carved into one surface of gemstones often set in signet rings. Citrine was used in Art Deco pieces between the two world wars when stones were set into highly decorative and prized pieces worn by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford; the stone’s hardness makes it durable when carved into large cabochons.
Citrine has been called the “healing quartz” because of its supposed ability to comfort, sooth and calm the wearer, releasing any negative feelings, sparking the imagination, and bringing new beginnings. It is also known as “the merchant’s stone” because of its ability to attract wealth and prosperity.
True, genuine, Citrine as a natural occurrence in nature is relatively rare and its abundance now comes as a result of the discovery that other quartz rocks such as purple amethyst and smoky quartz can be heat treated to artificially produce gems that resemble Citrine, but originate from far less expensive sources.
Like all the other materials used in the singular, original jewellery designs of The Bijoux Magpie, the gemstones used to produce the pieces newly available have been created from true Citrine, not heat treated artificial replicas.
Our collection of Citrine jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings, Aurelia.
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