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Citrine Jewelry

What is citrine?

This gemstone is a silicon dioxide mineral and is part of the quartz family. Because natural citrine gemstones are rare, most of the pieces on the market actually started out as amethyst or smoky quartz. To get the various shade of yellow, these other quartz family members are heat treated. The heat brings out the desired shade from lemony yellow to reddish-yellow. This treatment requires the stone to be heated to between 878 degrees F and 1040 degrees F. Even though there have been advancements in this process that was originally discovered in the mid-1700s, it is still requires skill to achieve the desired shade of yellow. To get a natural citrine iron particles must have found their way into the silicon dioxide mix.

Where does Citrine come from?

For natural stones, Brazil is the primary source. Spain, Scotland, Argentina, Namibia and Myanmar also have mines with natural deposits. Because many begin as amethyst or smoky quartz, they can also come from anywhere these quartz gemstones are mined.

Birthstone Citrine Jewelry

Though often confused with topaz, citrine is a completely different mineral. That being said, it is considered a birthstone for November along with topaz. A sunny warm citrine pendant is a beautiful way to celebrate an autumn birthday. It just goes with the changing of the leaves and the colors of fall.

Another special day just for this brilliant gemstone is the 13th wedding anniversary. This is an opportune time to purchase a citrine bracelet to commemorate your years together.

Hints for choosing a quality citrine stone

Just because this is an inexpensive and readily available gemstone doesn't mean the quality is cheap. If you look before you buy, you should have no problem finding a nice citrine gemstone . Like diamonds, other gemstones are judged by cut, color, clarity and carat. When choosing color, the burnt orange yellow is the most valuable though a lighter yellow with a hint of orange is the most popular and easier to find. It should be easy to find stones that are free of inclusions as well as transparent. Only these will be cut with facets and others with minimal or more inclusions will become beads or cut into cabochons. For the faceted stones, you want to make sure you see the total brilliance and that the light doesn't just pass through the stone. You want it to reflect off the facets and back to you. Of course, the larger the stone, provided it meets the other criteria, is more expensive.

History and Healing of Citron

"Citron" is French for "lemon" and this is where the sunny gemstone got its name.

Because of its affordability, citrine jewelry was very popular in the styles of the 40s. There is likely a brooch or ring with a cluster of citrine , peridot, aquamarine and other colored stones in grandma's or great-grandma's jewelry box. You may have looked on it as costume jewelry, but those are real gemstones and retro is always coming back into style.

As with other gemstones, citrine has its own mystical and healing properties. One belief was that it improved business so merchants would keep a stone in the cash till to encourage the influx of money. It repels negativity, either in thoughts or words. As a result, mood is enhanced and the wearer has a happier more positive disposition. It is supposed to bring hope and laughter to the wearer as well.

For health purposes, it is supposed to serve as a kind of anti-venom if the wearer is bitten by a snake. There is a belief that it aids in with gastrointestinal issues as well as circulatory problems.

Cleaning citrine

Because it has been heat-treated and can change colors, do not expose your pieces to extreme temperatures. As quartz, it has a rank of 7 on Mohs scale of hardness so it is relatively hard. You can wear your Citrine Rings and citrine bracelets everyday. Just don't deliberately try to chip them.

For cleaning, soak the jewelry in warm soapy water and give it a scrub with a toothbrush. That should remove the residue and return the stone to its original sunburst of brilliance. Avoid ultra-sonic cleaners and steamers because of the high temperatures and agitation involved in the cleaning process.

Citrine gemstone is quite unique in that it begins its life as a different kind of quartz and is then turned into the lovely yellow shades of citrine . But, this is necessary because the natural stones are so rare to come by. With the variety of shades to choose from, there is something for everyone. The lemony-yellow is fabulous for spring and summer and then the orange-tinted yellow complement a fall and winter wardrobe. And, because these gemstones are so affordable, you can have a new piece for every day of the week without breaking the bank.