GEM OF THE MONTH
The Stone of Warmth and Joy - Citrine
Many people have come to know and love November’s birthstone the citrine under the name gold topaz, Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in fact it has very little in common with the gemstone topaz - except for a few nuances of color.
Largely due to Queen Victoria’s fascination with the gem, citrine became a popular gemstone for traditional Scottish kilt pins and shoulder brooches. Ancient cultures believed that the citrine gave psychic power and enhanced creativity to its owners.
The name is derived from the color - the yellow of the lemon - although the most sought-after stones are a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red. There aren’t many yellow gemstones, so citrine’s sunny color sets it apart in the world of gems. Like golden Rhine Wine, citrine jewelry shimmers and brings a hint of sunshine to those darkening November days.
Citrine is a joyful stone with a bright energy which lights up the lives of those who wear it. During the Art Deco period, large citrines were set in prized pieces, including pieces made for Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. More recently, celebrities including Emma Watson and Kate Winslet have worn beautiful citrine jewelry when photographed on the red carpet. In 2015, Angelina Jolie donated a large citrine necklace to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection. for this mysterious stone is from the Greek word, “opillos,” which has two meanings. One is related to "seeing" and forms the basis of the English words like "opaque." The second meaning is "other" as in “alias” or “alter.” The gemstone opal combined these two meanings because you see the stone changing color.
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