November Birthstone : Citrine
November’s gemstone is Citrine, the golden hued stone. The name Citrine comes from an old French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon. This stone is one of the more rare forms of quartz and it ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber named Madeira because of its resemblance to the red wine.
The Romans were thought to be the first to wear the yellow quartz, crafting it into cabochon, or highly polished but unfaceted cuts of stone set into jewelry. Citrine became more popular during the Romantic Period, when artisans favored these warm colored gems to enhance gold jewelry. Citrine, just like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a talisman against evil thoughts. It was also considered to have medicinal properties and was commonly used as a remedy for urinary and kidney ailments.
DID YOU KNOW? Citrine is known to change color when subjected to heat and is routinely heated in the jewelry-making process to intensify its color. For this reason, this gemstone should not be left in direct sunlight for a long period of time because it will permanently alter the color.
A gift of Citrine is symbolic for hope and strength. With its sunny brightness, this gemstone is ideal for helping anyone to get through the tough times in life!
PICTURED: Jewel ring from my Premier Designs jewelry catalog. It is a lovely shade of buttery yellow and has pave set crystals surrounding it, and it retails for $55. It is a beautiful ring to be worn out on any occasion. If you need more details, leave me a comment!
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