CITRINE The Light Maker

CITRINE The Light Maker

Along with topaz, citrine is a birthstone for November. Citrine is recognized as one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones. Citrine—the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz—is rare in nature.

In the days before modern gemology, its tawny color caused it to be confused with topaz. Today, its attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem. Since natural citrine is rare, most of the citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment.

This gemstone has been an ornamental gem for civilizations as early as 300 B.C., and a favorite with jewelry makers since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Even in first century A.D., citrine was being fashioned into cabochon rings and used in intaglio work. Later in the 17th century, Queen Victoria would become fascinated by the beauty of the stone, and as a result it would be used by Scottish men in kilt pins, shoulder broaches, and to adorn their swords and the handles of their daggers. The stone’s popularity re-surged again during the Art Deco era, as early Hollywood stars boasted citrine jewelry like elaborate brooches, grand necklaces and other pieces where large faceted citrine was the centerpiece.

Virtually all natural citrines come from Brazil. Other notable gem-quality sources are Bolivia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Zambia.

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