The stunning Golden Yellow Citrine is quite a rare but very affordable gemstone that got its name from the French word for Lemon which is ‘Citron’.
Included in the Quartz family of semi-precious stones, Citrine imparts similar metaphysical benefits as the more expensive Topaz precious gemstone, and is often used as a less expensive substitute.
Majority of citrine gemstones are produced by heating smoky quartz and amethyst. Natural Citrines tend to be pale yellow.
Citrines colors range from light lemon yellow to “Madeira,” a rich, orange color with red flashes. This accepted description refers strictly to color, not where it is found.
The color of Citrine is due to the presence of ferric iron. These colors have been traditionally associated with topaz.
Quartz and topaz are distinct gem species.
Citrine is November’s birthstone, and the 13th wedding anniversary gemstone as well.
Citrine earrings with the matching necklace or Citrine pendant necklace would be a lovely gift to celebrate any of these occasions, and the Ashanti Jewels collections offer several elegant designs made with 925 Sterling Silver or 14 Karat Gold filled material.
Color and Clarity – Citrines are usually pale yellow in color and have a glassy luster with almost no inclusions.
Most inclusions on the surface are removed during the preparation process, leaving the stones clear and transparent.
Beware of Imitation Citrine – Although affordable, synthetic lab-created Citrine imitations are abundant and are sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Some of these synthetic Citrines are so well produced that even a trained naked eye can be deceived. Only with a microscope, one might be able to distinguish between the natural and synthetic Citrines.
Therefore, I would advice always buy from a reputable company that stands behind their jewelry.
At ASHANTI Jewels, you are assured of genuine gemstones as Ashanti, a Graduate Gemologist trained at the renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA), does the sourcing of gemstones for her collection.
The belief that Citrine promotes wealth and affluence has earned it this name and is a reason why many business owners keep one close to areas of transaction such as the cash register.
Believed to benefit those in creative activities and entertainment industry from the powers attributed to this remarkable gemstone.
Citrine is believed to elevate your state of mental and physical health, as this gem is said to banish negativity and encourage self-confidence while cleansing the body of toxins and rejuvenating your entire being.
As mentioned earlier, Citrine is a durable gemstone. It is best, however, to take great care of your Citrine jewelry so that it will last a lifetime.
Keep the harsh detergents away and just stick to warm soapy water with a soft brush to maintain the beauty of each handcrafted piece.
|Chemical Composition||Silicon dioxide and the chemical formula is SiO2|
|Color||Various shades of yellow and orange|
|Refractive Index||1.544 - 1.553|
|Specific Gravity||2.6 – 2.7|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent|
|Crystal System||Trigonal crystal system|
|Source||Brazil, USA, Russia, Uruguay, Scotland, Bolivia, France, Spain and Madagascar.|
|Enhancements||Often enhanced to improve the colour. Heat treated|
General gemstone precautions. Has to be protected from sunlight.