The love people have for citrine is not new; the bright gemstone has been a favourite since as early as 300 BC. Its name is derived from the French word for lemon, and it is just as bright. From jewellery, to sword handles and even in clothes, Citrine has been the choice of gemstone across decades, and today we tell you more about it.
A kind of quartz, citrine gets its desired orange yellow colour due to heat, and is easily damaged by heat too. From bright and sunny hues, to the more wanted autumn colours, citrine comes in a variety of shades. Maybe that is why it is the birthstone for a cold November. Most citrine comes from Brazil. Other important sources include Madagascar, Bolivia and the United States.
Citrine has been nicknamed the ‘success stone’, as it is believed to promote prosperity and abundance, especially when it comes to matters of business and commerce. Its colour is believed to radiate all around positivity. Besides that, citrine has also been called ‘the merchant’s stone’ due to the proclivity of business men of keeping citrine in their cash registers for a good fortune.
Legend says that citrine is good for get rid of negative energy; it is also believed to generate stability in life. Emotionally, citrine is believed to relieve depression, self-doubt, anger and irrational mood swings.
Citrine is a type of quartz and so is very durable, however there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind with your citrine jewellery.
- Don’t store your citrine jewellery with other gemstones, otherwise it will scratch
- Citrine is easily affected by heat and can change colours, so keep it out of direct heat or sunligt for long periods of time.
- Avoid chemicals like in hairspray, perfumes or even chlorine in swimming pools to prevent your citrine jewellery from eroding away.
Cleaning citrine jewellery is easy; like any other stone, all you need is mild soap and warm water to clean it. Make sure to rinse it well off any soap residue and wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals for cleaning and steam cleaning too, as heat damages citrine.