The Citrine is the gemstone for the month of November which is also known as the gold topaz, Madeira or Spanish topaz. However ironically, the citrine has very little in common with high quality precious topaz except for its color.

The citrine is a member of a large quartz family that provides gemstone lovers with everything their heart desires in terms of decoration, adornment and affordability. Its name is derived from its lemon yellow color, while the most sought after stones in this class are radiant yellow to brownish red.

You can get citrine stones as large as your fist in Brazil or Siberia. Natural deposits of citrine are found a plenty in Myanmar, Russia, Spain, Scotland, Namibia, Argentina and California in the United States. Today, Rio Grande des Sul, and other parts of Brazil are the leader in the production of commercially manufactured citrine.

Natural and synthesized citrine

Naturally, citrine is an amber-colored stone and a combination of ferric iron and quartz. This is a stone that is rarely found naturally, but can be manufactured artificially from other gem stones.

Most of the citrines you find now are amethysts that have been treated with heat. Sometimes crystals in the amethyst deposits can be changed partially or fully by natural heating. In other cases, smoky quartz also produces citrine when treated with heat.

Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is quite resistant to scratches. Despite it having a low refractive index, the citrine still captures the last glow of autumn with the right mellow and warm tone. This is why any form of citrine jewelry with citrine gem stones tend to shimmer to brighten your day.

Care for citrine jewelry

The quality and attractive citrine stones are used in making citrine gemstone rings while the less attractive citrine gemstones are usually used in necklaces. However with its moderate hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, citrine is rather prone to scratching.

This is why it is better to store your citrine jewelry in a fabric lined box, away from other harder gemstones such as tanzanite and diamonds. However don’t use chemicals like hydrofluoric acid and ammonium fluoride to clean citrine as these chemicals only erode the stone.

Health benefits of citrine

It is said that the citrine gem stone helps in healing the liver, kidney, heart and muscles. It is also said to symbolize long lasting friendship, joy and energy. In addition to this, citrine is a gemstone that helps digestion while regulating the immune system to promote health and well being.

According to legend, Caesar’s legions had worn citrine on the chest when fighting to use the gemstones’ life saving property. This gemstone is also said to cleanse, purify and eliminate poisons found in the body.

When buying citrine, the darker stones are generally more expensive than the lighter stones. It is better to buy your citrine from a reliable and reputable jeweler so that you will be advised on whether the citrine jewelry you are looking at is the natural gemstone or one that has been heat treated.

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