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November Birthstone - Citrine


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 0254 - Long Deco Dangle Earrings - 300dpi

Steven Kretchmer’s long Deco Earrings with Citrine and graduating sapphires.

Named after the French word citrin, meaning lemon, citrine has been popular for thousands of years and used to be revered for its rarity, though that has changed with time. The ancient Romans used it for beautiful jewelry and intaglio work. It was also very popular for jewelry in the 19th century. During the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II, large citrines were set in many prized pieces, including the massive and elaborate Art Deco inspired jewelry pieces made for big Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.

 Art Deco Citrine

The Power of Citrine

Citrine has long been considered to have magical powers. It was thought to protect against the plague, snake and spider bites and evil people. It was also thought to improve the functioning of some organs, such as the liver, heart, kidneys and digestive system. Given as a present, citrine is a symbol of hope and strength.

Nicknamed “the success stone,” citrine increases confidence and focus and helps broaden the mind and spark the intellect. Also called “the merchant stone,” citrine attracts wealth and abundance, and is said to work best for those who are generous with their good fortune. Keeping it in a wallet or cash box is thought to draw in more money.

It is said that citrine will never be affected by negative energy and as such, it never needs to be cleansed.

Properties of Citrine

Citrine provides an attractive color at a very reasonable price.

The most valuable color is reddish orange.

Brazil is the major source of citrine.

Citrine is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Most citrine on the market started out as pale color amethyst and was heat treated to citrine color. The treatment is stable under normal wear.

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