Citrine, a recognized birthstone for November, derived its name from the French word “citron”, meaning lemon.
Citrine is believed to be beneficial for excellence in the field of arts. It is said to enhance creativity as it carries the characteristic of the sun which energizes the mind. Thus, citrine encourages self-motivation in showing up artistic skills and expressing one’s self through unique and great pieces of art. It becomes effective when wearing or placing citrine around one's work area.
Citrine is a form of quartz and comes in several shades ranging from light yellow, deep yellow, dark orange and reddish brown. Heating other varieties of quartz such as amethyst and smoky quartz produces darker tints of yellows and oranges. Heat-treated citrine stones are largely produced for commercial purposes due to the scarcity of the natural citrine stones.
This gemstone is often associated with the yellow topaz because of their color similarities. Despite being two very different minerals, they are sometimes confused with another another and misidentified until further inspection is made.
Citrine is extremely durable with a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale. Its hardness and mesmerizing colors encourages designers to set the stone in their finest collections of necklaces, bracelets and rings.
They are a great option as a surprise gift for birthday, a lover’s anniversary and a perfect piece that symbolizes the accomplishment of reaching the 13th year of marriage.
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