Birthstones

Citrine

What are Citrine?
What exactly are Citrine? The definition of a Citrine is as follows:

  • The name is derived from the French word 'citron' meaning lemon reflecting the dominant color of the gemstone

  • It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from the more expensive yellow topaz with the naked eye

  • Citrine is a variety of quartz.

  • Quartz goes by an array of different names including Agate, Onyx, Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye, Amethyst, Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Bloodstones, Milk quartz, Smoky quartz and Carnelian

The Colors of Citrine
Citrine come in a range of natural colors and shades from pale yellow to reddish orange to brown and greenish yellow. Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Citrine
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about this gemstone:

  • It is an alternate birthstone of the month of December
  • Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 17th year of marriage
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Sagittarius dates: November 23 - December 21
  • Sagittarius - The Ninth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Archer
  • Ruling Planet of Sagittarius: Jupiter
  • Alternate Birthstones of Sagittarius: Topaz, Beryl, Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, Rubies, Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise

Healing Properties of Citrine
The healing properties of Citrine are reputed to be effective in the treatment of depression, to stimulate memory and for health problems relating to:

  • Heart

  • Liver

  • Kidney

Citrine Jewelry
Citrine jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. All different types of jewelry containing Citrine are available including:

  • Citrine rings
  • Citrine bracelets
  • Citrine pendants
  • Citrine earrings
  • Citrine necklaces
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