We are highlighting the stone Citrine this November; Citrine is accepted around the world as a birthstone for November.
Citrine gets it's name from the word citron: the French word for lemon--an appropriate name for a yellow gemstone! Citrine can vary quite a bit in color, ranging from a very pale yellow or gold to honey, orange, and even browns. It is one of the few gemstones that naturally occurs in yellow and golden tones.
Citrine, like Amethyst, is a variety of Quartz crystal although it is considered as the most valuable of the Quartz family in it's natural, untreated state. Appropriately, Citrine is often referred to as "lemon quartz" and is also sometimes confused for Topaz.
Brazil is the leading supplier of Citrine, though it can be found all over the world. Citrine was popular in Ancient Greece as a decorative stone between 300 and 150 BC. It was also used imbedded in the handles of daggers and swords during the 17th Century in Scotland. Citrine also gained popularity more recently between World War 1 and 2 during the Art Deco craze, especially in Hollywood.
Citrine is widely considered as a stone of wealth and good fortune. Many people put pieces of Citrine in their cash registers at their business or in the Wealth Corner of their business or home as well as in the purse or wallet to attract money.
Citrine is also said to be a great stone for artists of all types as it increases the flow of creativity and expands the imagination.
Citrine is thought to be fantastic at alleviating fatigue and encouraging restful sleep. It is also widely used to fortify stamina and increase energy. Citrine is considered to be a revitalizing stone and is especially beneficial for women's health.
Citrine is a very positive stone that does not accumulate negative energy. As such, it is said to be useful in overcoming depression and negative thoughts as well as transforming the negative into positive. Use Citrine to move forward and think positively.
Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, so it is a fairly durable stone. That being said, all gemstones should be protected from rough activities and stored with no metal or other stones touching the surface.
Be sure to keep Citrine out of high heat and light as it can fade in color. To clean your citrine, use soapy water and a cloth or soft brush (such as a tooth brush). Do not use any harsh chemicals or cleaners. Avoid steam cleaning as well, as Citrine may react and change with high heat.
Ambience Blog written by Danielle and © Ambience Jewelry
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