In ancient times, people carried citrine as protection against snake venom and to ward off evil thoughts.
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 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.
Citrine necklace with sterling silver beads and pendant by Riorita
Citrine Agate Druzy Gemstone Necklace by Jenni Leigh Creations
Cosmic Circle Necklace by Danagonia
Modern Golden Yellow Citrine Disc Ring by TJRJewellery
A strike of gold. Pendant by Colla
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