Gemologist Lucy Reynaud, FGA DG GIA, explains why the Citrine is the November birthstone.
Another month, another birthstone, and here we are in November with Citrine! This gemstone is part of the Quartz family, which actually makes up about 12 percent of the land surface and about 20 percent of the Earth’s crust.
Many of you will know already know citrine, or some other variation of quartz, be it rock crystal, which is the transparent variety, amethyst, which is the purple variety, or rose quartz which is pink variety.
The name ‘citrine’ was derived from ‘citron’, a French word meaning ‘lemon’, although its color tends to be more golden rather than lemon-yellow. Naturally coloured citrine is becoming more and more difficult to find, and these days the majority of citrine that can be bought is actually a variation of amethyst which has been gently heated to reduce the iron (Fe) from the stone.
Removing the iron also removes any purple or red colouring. Whilst Citrine looks very different, it is chemically very similar to Amethyst, with only the difference between the two of them being the levels of iron present in each gemstone.
This also explains why natural wonders such as Ametrine exist – a magnificent quartz gemstone which is a combination of both Amethyst and Citrine, presenting a change in colour part way through the stone. This is the result of there being less iron present as the crystal grows.
Due to its stunning yellow colour, Citrine is said to help improve your imagination and personal will; it is warm, comforting and energizing. Some say that wearing Citrine can help with fresh beginnings and new adventures too.
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