Citrine: the history, properties & benefits
Citrine is a dazzling variety of quartz that varies from bright yellow hues to earthy smokey tones. It's seeped in superstitions and prosperity, and looks absolutely beautiful in Yellow Gold. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about Citrine Gemstones.
Where does Citrine originate from?
Citrine dates back to 300 BC during the Hellenistic Age, where it was originally found in Greece. Before it became the popular gemstone that we know and love today, Citrine was originally used in tools. Citrine is found in many countries, with Brazil being the leading producer of the golden gemstone. It has also been found in Madagascar, Bolivia, and Russia.
The technical stuff: How are Citrines formed?
Citrine is a transparent variety or mineral class of quartz. It takes its golden yellow colour from the iron that’s found within its hexagonal crystal make-up. Despite its name deriving from the French word ‘citron’, meaning lemon and the Latin word ‘citrina’, meaning yellow, Citrine ranges in colour from pale yellow to bright amber to smokey brown, with the occasional rainbow and sparkles.
Is citrine an expensive stone?
Citrine is a relatively affordable gemstone because it is widely available and is used in a lot of fine jewellery and cocktail jewellery.
What does Citrine Symbolise?
Citrine is an incredibly energetic gemstone that encourages success, prosperity, and joy. Wearers of Citrine are said to experience increased creativity and boosts in self-esteem.
It is also known as the Merchant’s Stone or the money stone, due to a superstition helps you acquire wealth. It’s also a gemstone that’s said to encourage generosity and good fortune, so if you’re having some money troubles, why not pop a Citrine crystal in your purse for luck?
Citrine: The birthstone for November
Citrine is the modern birthstone for November, so if you know any November babies in your life, a piece of beautiful Citrine jewellery makes for the perfect gift. Citrine also connects to the zodiac signs of Aries, Leo, and Libra and all three star signs pull from the powerful properties of Citrine to bring about a more positive life.
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