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|Metal:||100% Real 925 Silver||Surface Treatment:||14K Yellow Gold Plated|
|Main Stone:||Natural Citrine||Side Stone:||Amethyst, White CZ|
Oval Citrine Jewelry Set 925 Sterling Silver Gemstone Pendant Necklace Ring Earrings
Citrine is one of the very few truly yellow gemstones. Natural citrine is actually yellow quartz. Its' bright, cheery, yellow citrine color has been a major determining factor in citrine meaning throughout the centuries. Exercise caution when buying citrine. Due to the rarity of this gemstone, some gems sold as citrine may not be true citrine.
Citrine was first appreciated as a golden-yellow gemstone in Greece between 300 and 150 BC in the Hellenistic Age. The yellow quartz was used prior to that to adorn jewelry and tools but it was not highly sought-after.
Citrine stone is believed to have been the tenth stone in the breastplate of Aaron, although it may have been beryl or topaz. In the book of Exodus, the tenth stone was called chrysolitus which translates to "golden stone" in Greek.
Citrine stone was used by weapon makers in 17th century Scotland. Yellow quartz gemstones were used to adorn the handles of daggers. Occasionally, the entire handle of a dagger would be made from a large citrine rock.
Citrine was given the British royal nod in the 1800's, thanks to Queen Victoria's love of the yellow quartz. The Queen used citrine gemstones extensively to decorate a summer residence constructed by her and Prince Albert in 1852. Due to this new appreciation for citrine gemstones, their use in Scottish shoulder brooches and kilt pins flourished.
During the Art Deco period in the 1930's and 1940's, citrine stone became all the rage. The yellow quartz was used to adorn clothing and jewelry as well as appliances, furniture and decorative items for the home. Citrine rock was even used in architecture.
True citrine has become rather rare. A true citrine rock is nearly transparent with various levels of yellow color. They may be nearly clear or colorless with only a hint of yellow or have a deep golden or honey-brown color. Many quartz stones sold as citrine are actually heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz. This is not really as bad as it seems. The faux citrine is still a type of quartz. It is something that must be kept in mind, though, when buying citrine specifically for natural citrine healing properties. While natural and heated citrine crystals are all quartz, they are different types of quartz that vibrate at different levels and impart different benefits. Faux citrine crystals have an orange or reddish hue that develops during the heating process.
Citrine is the traditional birthstone for people born in June and the modern birthstone for people born in November.
Yellow quartz is the natural citrine birthstone of people born between June 21 and July 21. Citrine imparts clarity, enlightenment, optimism and warmth to people born at this time of year. Gold citrine is the natural birthstone for people born between July 22 and August 21. This citrine color imparts enthusiasm, happiness, success and power to people born during this time, in keeping with citrine meaning.