Citrine and Topaz, November’s birthstones and the thirteenth anniversary gemstone.
Before modern gemology, Citrine’s bronze colouring caused it to be confused with Topaz. Its name was derived from the Latin word citrus, meaning “Cit-ron” which is in fact a fruit closely related to the Lemon.
Why we are in love with Citrine?
- Affordable: Even the finest Citrine has a very modest price tag. The larger gems remain affordable, as its price per carat does not dramatically rise even with an increase of size.
- Geodes: Giant hollow crystal-lined amethyst geodes from areas like Brazil are can often be heated to become giant citrine, called “Cathedrals.”
- Ametrine: In Bolivia, both amethyst and citrine colours can occur together in the same crystal, and these unique gems are therefore named Ametrine.
- Brings optimism and cheerfulness
- Enhances your motivation
- Aligns all the chakras (energy centres)
Today, citrine’s attractive colouring, durability and affordability make it one of the best selling yellow-to-orange gemstones. In the contemporary market its most popular shade is a deep, earthy brown or red.
Nowadays, many famous icons choose to wear this gorgeous gem, and English actress Camille Luddington is one of them:
Citrine can be found in a range of different colours and tones. But the vivid yellows, reddish oranges and earth tones are the most popular with consumers.
Visible inclusions are not very common in Citrine, however if they are present this can sometimes decrease the gem’s value.
Most citrine is faceted in traditional rounds and fancy shapes, but you will also be able to find it fashioned into more unusual cuts and carvings.
Citrine comes in an exceptionally wide range of sizes. Jewellery sized citrines are readily available in weights of up to 20 carats and more.
Care and Cleaning
When cleaning Citrine, using warm soapy water is typically the safest method. In addition, using an ultrasonic cleaner can also work and too is a safe option for the gem. However, steam cleaning is definitely not recommended as it could cause a lot of damage to the stone.