GEM OF THE MONTH
The Stone of Warmth & Joy...Citrine
Citrine - the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz - is rare in nature. In the days before modern gemology, its tawny color caused it to be confused with topaz. Citrine’s attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem. It’s an attractive alternative not only for topaz, but also for yellow sapphire.
The finest citrine color is a saturated yellow to reddish orange free of brownish tints.
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.
Ask one of our associates about citrines and see these gems of warmth and color up close.