Sunday, November 21, 2010


In ancient times, people carried citrine as protection against snake venom and to ward off evil thoughts.

Citrine 1 (Russie)

It is only in the 19th century that citrine started to be used in jewelry. It has gained popularity in jewelry as it is one of the most affordable stones available in earth tones.

Citrine sur améthyste 1(République d'Afrique du Sud)

Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges from yellow to red-orange to brown in colour.

Quartz is the second most abundant mineral on earth, but naturally occurring citrine is rather rare. Most citrine available on the market today is heat treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Some of the heat treated material can change colour over time if left out in bright sunlight therefore it is best to store this stone away from light when not being worn.

Citrine is sometimes misleadingly called topaz or quartz topaz. Topaz is a completely different mineral that has a higher value than citrine.

There is a lot of citrine available on the market, which makes it a rather inexpensive gemstone. It is also available in large sizes.

Citrine is the birthstone for those born in November.

Fausse citrine

Members of the Starving Artists team enjoy working with this pretty gemstone.

Citrine necklace with sterling silver beads and pendant by Riorita

Citrine Agate Druzy Gemstone Necklace by Jenni Leigh Creations

Modern Golden Yellow Citrine Disc Ring by TJRJewellery

A strike of gold. Pendant by Colla

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Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop owner members can be found at


mcstoneworks said...

Great information and beautiful jewelry featuring citrine.

Cat said...

Lovely choices and interesting post, thanks!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful post about a beautiful stone. Thank you.

BeadSire said...

What a wonderful and informative post. Beautiful examples to support your story.

tjrjewellery said...

Some nice examples Julie!