Citrine is also commonly known as gold topaz. While much of the history of citrine and topaz overlap and many of the mystical properties that have been ascribed to them through the ages are identical, the only thing the two gems really have in common is their color.
Citrine and topaz both lay claim to the month of November, but Citrine’s wide availability gives it an edge. It’s been known as the healing quartz, and in mysticism circles it has been said to promote hope, warmth and energy.
Many November babies love wearing this yellow gem in rings, pendants and earrings. November births aren’t the only special occasions that are commemorated with citrine. It’s the planetary stone for the sign of Virgo, and it’s also used to celebrate 13th and 17th anniversaries.
A Rare Yellow Stone
This stone, which ranges from a clear and radiant yellow to a deep and vibrant brownish red, is the second only in popularity to amethysts in the quartz family. Naturally occurring yellow gems are rare, and this unique stone fills a niche that’s otherwise occupied by certain sapphires and diamonds. In fact, even naturally yellow citrine is rare.
Most of the citrine that’s commonly available is created by heat treating its purple cousin. Stones with a natural light color are frequently called lemon quartz, while stones with smoky hue can also be called smoky quartz.
The different shades of citrine combine well with different kinds of metals to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. Darker stones can look striking when paired with yellow gold.
Creation and Mining
While it can be found all over the world, including in Argentina, Bolivia and France, most citrine is created by heat treating amethyst found Brazilian mines. Natural citrine is mined in the Ural Mountains of Russia.
Citrine, as a member of the quartz family, is a seven on the Mohs scale. That means that it’s durable. It won’t scratch easily, and it can stand up to being knocked around quite a bit. If you’re looking for a unique piece of personal jewelry, you won’t be disappointed with citrine.