Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Citrine- November's Birthstone

I thought today I would begin my series on gemstones. When I'm done, it will be a brief little synopsis of gemstones you can take with you when shopping for gemstone jewelry whether it is with me or someone else. Oh, and don't worry. I'll be spreading these out over a few months then allowing you access to a pdf you can print out and keep.



We'll start with Citrine as it is November's birth stone. In fact, it was adopted by the American National Association of Jeweler's to be November's birthstone in 1912. Citrine is also the birthstone for zodiac signs Gemini, Virgo, and Libra. Citrine is actually yellow quartz and gets it's color from iron impurities. It comes in the colors of pale yellow, yellow brown, orange, dark orange brown, and reddish brown. There is also a gemstone in it's own category that combines citrine and amythest called Ametrine. The real Citrine is becoming more rare. Most of the citrine on the market today is actually heat treated amythest.

Citrine deposits are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Uruguay, the United States, and Russia.



Now onto the metaphysical properties of Citrine. It is believed to manifest your goals and keep you cheerful. It is supposed to attract personal power and stimulate your own healing energy. It is good for opening the 3rd chakra and clearing the aura. It is also said to drive out darkness and fears of the night, and to protect against negativity as it doesn't hold any negative energy. My daughter sleeps with a tumbled Citrine under her pillow at night because she believes that it helps with her night terrors. I don't know whether it is the belief or the stone, but either way, it seems to help.

As I said, this is just a brief history and lore of the Citrine gemstone. I would now show you some pics of the lovely Citrine jewelry I have in my shop, but alas, I have none currently made. The pics of the stones are the ones I have though. The first is the emerald cut vibrant yellow Citrine I have, and the other is one of the 1ct. emerald cut Ametrines I have. I'm always open to custom work just so you know.

8 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Well this was all very interesting. Thanks for the lesson!

T said...

what a great idea... though now I'm a little concerned that all my amethysts are getting turned into pseudo citrines! I'll be checking in for the updates!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have a lovely topaz ring which belonged to my aunt who had a November birthday. I love jewels so this will be a fun topic to read about.

Jen Sue Wild said...

How cool.. and I just thought it was my sisters birth stone...

Veggie Mom said...

So beautiful. You're Quite a Crafty Gal! Hey, I'm over from SITS, and I'm making the rounds. Gotta Great Giveaway over at my place...please stop by when you can!

picciolo said...

thanks for sharing, citrine is very pretty
: )

koopermom said...

I have a November birthday, and always hated the color growing up. Now that I am "more mature" (not older) I realize that it's actually a good color for me. It's cool to learn a little more about it!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That was really informative! Maybe I should get one for under my pillow--I get lots of nightmares!