In a part of the world November means that the days are short, the weather wet and dark and when you live in the Northern Hemisphere you are desperately looking for sun in November. There is one great recipe for handling this depressive time. The citrine: when you need sunlight in Winter.

The citrine is not only the birthstone of November (next to the Topaz) but this great gemstone, with it’s bright and yellow color, can provide that needed sunbeam. The citrine is a great anti-depressant cure: the yellow gemstone makes you happy, it enlarges your concentration, gives a lot of confidence and makes determent. And it is the gemstone of the 17th anniversary.

What’s in a name?

The citrine is a very rare quartz, that ranges in color from pale yellow to dark amber. The yellow type of the citrine was in the past called ‘Madeira topaz’, ‘gold topaz’, or ‘Bahia topaz’. It was easy to make this mistake because the colors look similar and the citrine and the topaz were both found on Topazios, an island in the Red Sea. But the topaz is a different kind of gemstone. The only connection is that both are the birthstones of the month November.

The citrine: raw and polished.

The citrine: raw and polished.

What does the citrine look like?

Citrine is a quartz and is transparent with a yellow color, caused by traces of iron and sometimes aluminum. Iron causes the darker yellow and aluminum the lighter yellow color. Citrine is rare and is a kind of family of the rhinestone quartz, amethyst and smokey quartz. Sometimes you find the amethyst and the citrine in one stone. That stone is called ametrine. But you can also find the combination of citrine and smokey quartz and the name of that gemstone is smokey citrine.

Citrine: a gemstone with a great background.

Thousands of years ago, when the people then did not know this beautiful yellow stone was a gemstone, the citrine was used to decorated tools, weapons and jewelry. Archeologists have found the citrine in Hellenistic graves in Greece, in ancient Egypt and from the 17th century they found with citrine decorated dagger handles in Scotland. They discovered that the citrine was kept as a piece of jewelry to prevent getting poisoned.

In the Roman Times, the citrine was considered as a piece of the sun. The Romans thought that the stone absorbed a sunbeam and had the ability to keep that sunbeam in the stone. When you were depressed you had a citrine with you and to avoid disaster the soldiers had a citrine on their weapon outfit.

In the Middle Ages, the yellow stone was recognized as a gemstone by Georgius Agricola (1494-1555) and was named ‘citrine’. It was said that the citrine could accomplish a happy love life and marriage. That is why the citrine was set in pendants and rings and worn by married people.

Great citrine lovers: Great Garbo, Joan Crawford and Queen Victoria

Great citrine lovers: Great Garbo, Joan Crawford, and Queen Victoria

One of the biggest fans of this yellow gemstone was Queen Victoria of England. There were more gemstones she liked a lot, especially when that gemstone was found in her kingdom. But her favorite was the citrine, because of its sunny exuberance. And because the citrine was found in her beloved Scotland. When the Balmoral Castle was built in 1852 in Scotland she ordered that al the visitors had to wear quilts and the full Highland plaid attire, including the quilt jewelry… that had to be decorated with the citrine.

Also outside the Old World and Europe, the citrine was popular during times and even now. In China, they consider the citrine as ‘the stone of success’. The ancient Chinese emperors had citrines as jewelry to increase their intellectual capacities and broaden their minds. Today the Chinese students have a citrine on them during their exams and the teachers during lecturing.

Citrine necklace combined with Keshi pearls and silver chips from the collection of FlorenceJewelshop

Citrine necklace combined with Keshi pearls and silver chips from the collection of FlorenceJewelshop

The citrine is great for your health.

The citrine has so many great qualities for your health/body and mind, that I will summarize a few and will not be complete:

  • It improves the concentration and avoids transpiration.
  • It cleans your body and repairs what is wrong
  • With the citrine, you can attract wealth, prosperity, success and all the other good things you need/want. But it also stimulates to share what you owe. The citrine does not like quarrels and conflicts and helps to solve those problems.
  • The citrine enlarges your self-respect and confidence. Stimulates your creativity and makes you optimistic.
  • It can cure you of depressions, fears, and phobics. It makes you calm so that the wisdom in you can get a chance to work.
  • The citrine will be great to solve problems with the liver, blatter, kidneys, diabetes mellitus, nerves, and bones.
  • You will get relaxed wearing a citrine and when you have a burnout (not wearing a citrine!) it shows you everything in perspective again.

How to take care of a citrine?

The hardness on the scale of Moh’s of the citrine is 7. That is not too soft, but you have to take care not to scratch your citrine. But in everyday life and everyday use, your citrine will survive!.

Don’t leave your citrine in the sun or go sunbathing with it. The gemstone does not like the sun and will change in color (getting lighter). You can clean the gemstone with a jeweler cleaner, a soft cloth or plain soap and warm water. Dry it properly afterward.

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