The Birthstone for the month of November is Citrine. Chemically it is a silicon dioxide mineral and belongs to the quartz family. It derives its name from the French word “Citron” that means Lemon. The distinctive lemon color of this gem is due to the iron traces in the quartz. This gemstone ranges in color from palest yellow to dark amber.
How to choose the right citrine:
Relatively an affordable gemstone, Citrine is by no standards cheap, rather it a very beautiful eye clean gem that has a wonderful vitreous luster making it the perfect choice for ornamental jewelry.
It is valued on the basis of cut, color, clarity and carat. But the color is the most important feature and burnt orange yellow is the costliest while a lighter yellow with a hint of orange is the most popular and easier to find.
One identifying feature is that this gemstone has a six sided crystal shape that is easy to spot even with the naked eye.
Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale (The Mohs Scale of Hardness measures how well a substance resists scratching by another material) and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches. So one can wear it on a daily basis, but there a few things one needs to keep in mind –
- Citrine is heat sensitive, excessive heat could turn the stone colorless and abrupt temperature change can fracture the stone.
- Keep your Citrine Jewelry clean by using a mild soap to wash your jewelry items. Daily wear can deposit residues and oils on the stone. A toothbrush with a dab of non-abrasive toothpaste will do wonders to return the sparkle to the stone.
Citrine in History:
Citrine has a long and eventful history with the Ancient Greeks and Romans using this stone for jewelry such as intaglios. Even in the middle ages it was popular for its medicinal and mystical qualities.
The famous Art Deco period (period between the two World Wars I and II) saw Hollywood glitterati adorning this yellowish orange gem. Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford wore some of the massive and elaborate Art Deco inspired citrine jewelry pieces.
It’s a very popular gemstone even now!
This year we saw many celebs lighting up the red carpet with sunny citrine gems and yellow gold jewelry styles that go perfectly with that summer tan.
Jessica Chastain and Kate Winslet were a few celebrities who graced the red carpet in 2012, with this yellow stone. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has been spotted wearing her citrine drop earrings at several occasions.
It is extremely popular, very collectible and affordable.
Citrine is one of only two gems on the entire planet that do not hold any negative energy. As a result, mood is enhanced and the wearer has a happier more positive disposition.
Citrine, the ‘merchant’s stone’ has been a lucky charm for merchants over the years
Citrine is very much in vogue and is the latest trend hitting the red carpet. (In fact, according to the recently released pantone report, yellow is considered to be one of the hottest colors in spring 2013. Besides, Citrine complements a fall and winter wardrobe and adds a pop of color to your wardrobe.