Along with Topaz, Citrine is the birthstone of November and the zodiac stone of Cancer. Traditionally, these stones are given as a gift to celebrate the 13th wedding anniversary.
For centuries, Citrine has been a great healing stone with the healing properties of the sun. These stones are a symbol of warm sun, vitality of life, happiness, energy, life, and strength.
Let us learn more about the November birthstone, Citrine.
Citrine is a glassy or transparent deep golden yellowish variety of quartz. The derivation of Citrine is from the French word "Citron" which means "Lemon" in reference to its color. Natural Citrines are very rare so today, the production of heat-treated Amethyst is increasing rapidly as it looks the same. Citrine helps the wearer to bring success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power in their life.
People born in November are most likely to think outside the box and they're hyper-focused. They are always loyal and they work hard to achieve their dreams. They don't follow other people and work by their own rules. These beautiful traits make Citrine fitting to be the birthstone of November.
The name Citrine was famed by Georg Bauer also known as the father of modern mineralogy or Georgius Agricola in 1556. At first, these stones were known as "Yellow Quartz" but this name was replaced by "Citrine" in 1556. During the Hellenistic Age, these stones were used as decorative gems by ancient Greek people.
As there is a belief that Citrine attracts wealth and prosperity, these gemstones were also known as "The Merchant's Stone". These stones were widely used by the Romans to carve intaglios(a design or piece of art which is engraved into something). As described in the book of Exodus, This beautiful gem is the tenth stone on the breastplate of Aaron.
Natural Citrines are mostly found in igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and they are extremely rare. During the volcanic eruption that takes place in the siliceous volcanic lave, it flows in a great volume and goes deep inside the cavities and veins of the rock. These beautiful stones are formed during this process.
The chemical formula of Citrine is Silicon Dioxide (SiO2). According to the Mohs scale, these stones have a hardness of 7 and they have a vitreous luster.
The color of these stones varies from tawny brown to vivid yellow.
The value of Citrine can be determined by its cut, clarity, size, and quality. The price of these stones can range from $10 - $30 making them one of the most affordable gemstone. The Malaga Citrine is the world's largest faceted Citrine that weighs 20,200 carats.
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