November’s Birthstone: Citrine | Madison Gems
For those with November birthdays, Citrine makes the perfect birthstone. As November is towards the close of the year in addition to it being a chilly month, Citrine is a fitting gem, as it symbolizes peace and prosperity. Many have said this stone has the power to help the wearer release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. As a result, the gem is affectionately known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm; Also, as the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity. With all these acclamations, Citrine is ideally the best gem to start the holiday season.
The name citrine was used to refer to yellow gems as early as 1385, when the word was first recorded in English. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of their lemon-inspired shades. Thus, Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. However, the finest citrine gems are saturated with yellow, orange and reddish hues, while stones of lower value appear pale or smoky. In fact, earth tones of amber brown are also increasingly popular. Besides, since the gem’s color closely resembled topaz, these two stones shared a history of mistaken identities. What’s more, Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Therefore, it’s relatively durable against scratches and everyday wear-and-tear, making it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry. Furthermore, Brazil is the largest supplier of citrine. Other sources include Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the U.S. (Colorado, North Carolina and California). Withal, different geographies yield different shades of citrine.
Throughout history, people believed that citrine carried the same powers as topaz, including the ability to calm tempers, soothe anger and manifest desires…especially prosperity. To leverage these powers, Egyptians used citrine gems as talismans and the ancient Greeks carved iconic images into them, while Roman priests fashioned them into rings. Thereafter, citrine had a boost of popularity in the mid-18th century. Mineralogists realized that amethyst and smoky quartz could be heat treated to produce lemony and golden honey hues of citrine. As a result, this discovery contributed greatly to an abundance of affordable enhanced gems on the market. Accordingly, once citrine was distinguished from Topaz, it quickly became popular in women’s jewelry as well as men’s cufflinks and rings. Today, it remains one of the most affordable and highly purchased yellow gemstones.
Accordingly, if you’re purchasing a Citrine for yourself or a loved one, it’s a great way to recognize and celebrate a November birthday, promote a sense of calm, or salute a 13th wedding anniversary. Ultimately, you’re making an investment in something beautiful with symbolic attributes and the wearer gets to end the current year with something warm, optimistic, with calming energies and great fortune, which is exactly what many people need when a November winter sets in. Nonetheless, Citrine is fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit this magnificent stone into their budget.
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