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The name comes from the old French word for lemon,
What is it?
Citrine is a yellow, semiprecious variety of quartz
resembling topaz. Citrine and topaz
are the birthstones of the month of November. Natural
citrine is quite rare; most is
created by heat treatment. Amethyst can be treated to
change it to citrine.
Are there any color variations?
Along with the basic orange-yellow citrine is the
dark orange red to vivid pumpkin madeira
citrine that are both found worldwide. The champagne
citrine, a brownish-yellow stone and
the lemon yellow, actually a greenish-yellow are
mined in Brazil. Citrines should be
protected from strong light and heat due to this
being the nature of their conception.
How is it used?
The citrine is widely used in jewelry due to its
availability, affordability, and
durability. Ur-fashionable jewelry designer Verdura included citrine in his inventive and glamorous designs of the 1940s-1960's. In the Late Victorian era
citrine was often set with other
semiprecious stones such as bloodstones, carnelian &
garnets. In ancient times, citrine
was believed to ward off evil thoughts and was
carried as protection against snake venom.
--Biddington's guest editor Lynn Romano
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