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History of Citrine

The sun-kissed hues of citrine bring a warm glow to any look. This once highly valuable and popular gemstone from quartz crystal family is a stone of imagination, manifestation and abundance. A popular stone for thousands of years, citrine was used by ancient Romans for jewelry and intaglio work.

This member of quartz family was in great demand in 19th century. Citrine stones of large sizes were exceptionally enjoyed in Art Deco jewelry. Natural citrine is rare and even today comes with a hefty price tag. The autumn inspired beauty, mystical charms and natural rarity make this November birthstone a must have for any jewelry collection.

It was a choice of royals and makes a warm companion for many Hollywood starlets. From Kate Middleton to Kate Winslet and Jessica Chastain, citrine jewelry has been a preferred choice for many divas. You want to choose some citrine baubles to pamper your style but still think it an inferior one, then check out some more facts about the history to support your purchase.

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  • The history of citrine dates back to thousands of years. According to both Roman Catholic and Latin versions of the Old Testament, citrine was referred as chrysolitus, Greek for golden stone, which was considered as one of the twelve stones studded in the breastplate of Aaron.
  • The stone was popularly used as a decorative gem for tools and in jewelry during the Hellenistic Age (300 and 150 BC) in Greece. Citrine was a rare stone and prized high for its warm hues.
  • In 17th century Europe, citrine was extensively used by Scottish weapon makers to adorn dagger handles. Sometimes, if large crystal were found, they were even used as handle itself.
  • Due to the popularity of diamonds and other precious stones, this quartz was forgotten for few decades. It was the early 19th century when Citrine returned into jewelry industry with its magnificent glory.
  • Queen Victoria’s love for colored gems was a great reason of it popularity during the vintage era. Thanks to her fascination with gems that citrine became a traditional stone for Scottish kilt pins and shoulder brooches. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert constructed their Balmoral Castle (which still stands in Aberdeenshire, Scotland) as their new summer residence. The queen was fond of Scotland and loved to organize private parties at the Balmoral Castle. To enjoy her fondness for Scotland and gemstones, she commanded guests to wear full Highland plaid attire every time for the party. Thus, she enjoyed her love for all the colorful stones found in her kingdom. And citrine was of course one of them.
  • Later, during Art Deco period, citrine rose to prominence. Its elaborative use in jewelry, clothing, interior designing and furnishing reached to international fame during the 20th century. Large faceted pieces highlighting the geometric crispness of the period made ways into the celebrity world. Many stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford were seen wearing their own Art Deco inspired jewels.

Now that you have acquainted with the ancient facts and lore about this warm November birthstone, you must be looking for few of the interesting options to make your first citrine jewelry purchase. You can look for fine citrine earrings, rings or pendants at our store. The collection is elegant and exquisite, and would definitely give you a delighting option to add a charming piece for your brimming collection.


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