Here at Your Pewter we like to analyze various gemstones.
Frequently called the Spanish Topaz or Madeira, the Citrine is in truth one of the unbelievably varied quartz family – a crystal that fulfills the needs of millions of gem lovers across the world. Be it colored gems, clear crystals or opaque sparkling ones, the quartz has it all.
Citrine is an esteemed member, named such due to its lemon yellow derivative color. The most preferred citrines are usually high in clarity and vibrance – varying from deep yellow to even browns. This stone that bonds all November born across the globe is surprisingly affordable, as are all other quartz crystals. If you are hesitant to buying gemstones because of their exorbitant prices then quartz will give you the beauty and the sparkle without drilling a hole in your pocket!
Being incredibly high on the Moh scale – around 7 – as well as having almost no cleavage properties this makes the yellow citrine resistant to both scratches as well as pressure or impact. This warm mellow stone seems to have trapped inside it the end of autum
n just before the winter set in, giving to each November born person a piece of the warmth and sun to keep. Its low ability to reflect light is mostly if not entirely made up for by its color and pleochroism. This makes it all the more important to know your basic facts while buying citrines – the clarity and sparkle need not be perfect in citrines but it is of utmost importance to choose a gem with the true citrus color and saturation.
Citrine colors ranging from lemon to rust satisfy all the buyers color needs in the yellow area while keeping check on the price. Even in general, other yellow gems are rare – an infrequent tinted diamond or sapphire, a topaz or maybe a golden beryl are the only ones with colors akin to the citrine.
The chances of finding a naturally yellow citrine are very low and in the present day gemstone market citrines are heat treated quartz gems – most often amethysts. Citrine gained ground in the jewel market only after this process was discovered in the mid eighteenth century.
As far as gems meaning goes, citrine is a stone of success. It is said to have a positive and growing impact on the wearer’s life, work and relationships – much like a lucky charm.
The first large batch of citrine reached Europe in the early nineteenth century from Brazil and Uruguay, after which decades were spent to facet them to perfection. The rise in European economy gave the sales of citrine a boost and citrine studs, citrine rings and elaborate citrine statement jewels were seen in the wardrobes of the elite – even the men were seen adorning citrine cufflinks and rings!
Unfortunately from the time it was discovered and distributed till date the citrine has been confused with the yellow topaz, though they bear no compositional resemblance to one another. Jewelers and gemologists have begun to call topaz ‘pure topaz’ to differentiate between them and citrine quartz gems. Though the yellow topaz as well as others are frequent in common and imperial jewels, the advent of citrine did give it steady competition and it seems to have come out the winner.