Citrine, deriving from the French name for Lemon which is ‘citron’ is the birthstone for November, it is also known to be the anniversary stone for your 13th year of marriage. Citrine is part of the quartz family, with a hardness of 7 it is the same hardness as Emerald so it is a hard wearing gemstone, but not as hard wearing as diamond so you do have to take a little extra care with this gemstone.
Citrine occurs in various shades of yellow and orange, these days though the most sought after colour of citrine tends to be a fiery deep orange colour, citrine gets this colour from iron and the colour of the gemstones fluctuates with the amount of iron that is within them.
A vast majority of citrines tend to be mined in Brazil, natural citrine can also be found in Russia, and Madagascar.
Some people say Citrine symbolizes optimism, vigor and loyalty, and many years ago our ancestors regarded the transparent yellow gemstones as the protector from snake poison, and plagues. Regardless of possible powers within the gemstone, this striking orange evokes happiness and life into any outfit and occasion. Commonly found as large crystals, Citrine stones are often great value for money making them perfect as a statement piece.