In 2017, one of the big jewellery trends we're seeing is the inclusion of more earthy looking gemstones. There are many gems that you could work into your new outfits, but we think there is one special one in particular.
It's citrine, of course! And considering this new style, we think there is no better time than now to bring this precious stone into the spotlight. Let's check it out.
The Merchant's Stone
Citrine is an attractive stone that's most commonly found in shades of yellow. Sometimes, this colour tends towards the tawny hues, meaning it was sometimes confused with topaz. However, you can also find citrine in reddish-brown or orange shades, and sometimes even with a greenish tint!
Citrine is the most popular yellow stone sold worldwide. It's also called citrina, citron, the 'Success Stone' and the 'Merchant's Stone'. This is because it's known as a joyous stone that brings prosperity to those that own it. Historically, merchants would either wear a citrine stone around their neck or keep it in their cash box, with the hopes to bring wealth and promote better sales relationships.
The yellow hue tends to fade in sunlight, so people tended to keep it hidden. It's thought that citrine removes negative energy, bringing positivity instead. Many regard this stone as rare, because it doesn't absorb negative energy from its surroundings, so didn't need to be cleansed, unlike many stones with similar properties.
Citrine is also used to bring mental clarity, promoting feelings of confidence, creativity, and confidence.
The healing powers of citrine
In folklore, citrine was believed to aid in many general health issues like digestion, nightmares, cardiovascular conditions and many more benefits. This is because it appeared that citrine removed toxins from the body, helping addicts to recover.
This stone is ideal for troubled souls, prompting better relations with loved ones by boosting levels of sensuality and sexuality. However, despite being a gem that brings about such happiness, it isn't suitable for people that tend to be fiery and short-tempered as it is thought that citrine increases aggressiveness in these types of people.
More than just a yellow stone
It is the element iron which lends citrine it's yellow hue. Natural citrine can be rare to find, so it's likely that any gems of this kind are actually heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz, both less valuable stones. They're more vivid in colour, whereas pure citrine stones tend to be paler in colour.
Because of this commercial variation of citrine, it's less used nowadays for its healing properties. Along with its yellow-counterpart, topaz, citrine is the birthstone for November. This gem also commemorates thirteenth anniversaries.
One of the biggest rises in popularity was due to Queen Victoria's fondness for this stone. Citrine then became a traditional component in pins and brooches in Scottish attire. This yellow stone was also a prominent gem during the Art Deco period around early 20th century.
Where can you find citrine?
You'll find the world's largest collections of citrine in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Spain and also the United States. In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colours are sometimes found in a same gem, called ametrine.
Citrine is generally more affordable than other gems, because of the commercial treated amethysts, and also due to the fact that price per carat doesn't rise as exponentially as it does for other precious stones.
In jewellery, you'll commonly find citrine set into gold pieces, enhancing the vibrancy of the gem. However, it also makes a striking statement when set against white gold, lined with clear diamonds.
At Showcase Jewellers, there is an exquisite collection of citrine pieces for your perusal. Alternatively, if none of these tickle your fancy, you can always opt to custom design a unique citrine piece of jewellery that no one else has – just pop into your local branch to speak to an expert!
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