Citrine, the stunning warm yellow gem has risen in recent years as a fitting engagement ring stone option among other jewelries. Its bright and vibrant yellow and orange tones reminds of the summer and fall season and just takes your breath away. Don’t we all love a gemstone that has a bright and energizing shade, but beyond one with an amazing history behind it.
The Gemstone for Fall
Citrine reminds us of the sun’s radiance at a time of the year that is pale and chilly. Or perhaps, it serves as a reminder of the rich fall foliage. After all, along with its close and similarly colored brother Topaz, it is the birthstone for November. Much like the season, wearing a Citrine jewelry will make you feel cosy and tranquil.
Is it Valuable?
Citrine is of quartz origin, and because quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, Citrine is usually not regarded as rare. However, natural Citrine is actually rare. The Citrine that is available today is usually Amethyst treated to achieve the sunny hues of Citrine. In fact, as quartz derivatives, Amethyst and Citrine can grow together in the same bi-color to form Ametrine.
What About the Name?
Citrine was initially called Topaz for centuries. The reason being that they both had similar colors and were found on Topazios island off the Egyptian coast. Gorg Bauer, a German metallurgist first called Yellow Quartz “Citrine” in an article he published in 1556. This name is taken from the “citron”, the french word for lemon. Lemon was initially one of four original fruits, however, citron is not lemon as we know today. Citrine also had names in other places. It was called “Bohemian Topaz” in some climes, and in Scotland, it was called “Cairngorm”, an ancient Celtic name.
Citrine Across History
For thousands of years, Citrine was used to adorn weapons and simple tools. Iconic images were carved in them and it was shaped into ornaments in ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period. The Egyptians used it as talisman and they were among the first to discover the stone. It came to be associated with burial in ancient Europe before finding use for weapon making among the Scots in the 17th century. They were found on the handles of swords and daggers in Scotland and in some instances, they were shaped into large Citrine blades.
Citrine and The Royals
Queen Victoria had always loved gathering gems she found in her realm right from the early days of her reign. Because of how expansive her real was, extending all the way to the far East, she had options to heart’s content but it was Citrine with its sunny exuberance that she treasured most.
It is believed that because of the Citrine deposits found in Scotland, she fell in love with the Scots. After she and her consort, Prince Albert built the Balmoral Castle in 1852, she commanded all visitors to wear Highland plaid attires adorned with, you guessed it, Citrine!
The Stuff of Hollywood
Over the years, Citrine’s popularity has soared. In the Art Deco era of the early 20th century, Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford wore their bold Citrine adorned jewelry effortlessly. Today, beautiful Citrine jewelries have been seen on celebrities like Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Naomie Harris and so many more as they strolled through the red carpet on global movie events.
It Tugs at the Heart
When it comes to buying jewelry, the heart wants what it sees. However, beauty may not just be enough to want it. Sometimes, it’s the story behind it that creates the extra motivation to splurge. Simply hearing a gemstone’s power and magical beliefs held about it across cultures of the world today can be the power that tips the scales. That along with its beauty can also just be too tantalizing to resist when looking for a Citrine jewelry.
Citrine Holds So Much Power
Just so you don’t forget. Let us remind you of some of the many gifts Citrine offers.
- Citrine can protect is wearer against evil of all kinds, be it negative thoughts or evil manifestations. This is why some people wear it.
- It contributes to healing the heart, liver, kidney, gut and muscles.
- Citrine imparts joy, youthful exuberance and vitality. Isn’t this something that we would all want in this modern, fast pace and monotonous world?
- The gem promotes clarity and evokes the spirit of creativity within. Here’s another winner
- It promotes calmness and eliminates self destructive thoughts and tendencies.
Okay, we will stop there. You get it by now. This is not just any gem. This is a gem with a meaning!
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