The Citrine, along with Topaz, corresponds to those who are born in the month of November. Citrine is also used to commemorate the thirteenth wedding anniversary.
In 1952, the Jewelers of America organisation added the Citrine to the list of birthstones.
As with all stones, Citrine is also attributed with having healing powers. Radiating positive energy, generating stability, protection, and alleviating depression are just some of the powers attributed to it. It is also known as the merchant’s stone (as many companies keep a Citrine crystal in their register boxes to attract good fortune and business success).
Citrines are perfect gemstones to use in jewelry. Its good degree of hardness, transparency, brightness and its affordable price for large stones, as well as for stones of all sizes, means that this beautiful and attractive yellow gemstone is widely used in today’s market.
Although Citrine is a rare variety of Quartz, (it should be noted that the vast majority of quartz that is currently sold is Smoked Quartz or thermally treated Amethysts), there are not so many pieces of antique jewelry on the market for us to have had the opportunity to identify the stone, unlike other gems.
Topaz is the birthstone for November. The Blue Topaz is the gem gifted for 4th wedding anniversaries, and the Imperial Topaz is gifted for those celebrating their 23rd anniversary.
Making us stronger, restoring our soul, dispelling anger, breaking spells, curing insomnia or giving us a longer life are just some of the many legends and powers that have been attributed to the Topaz for centuries.
The etymology of the word topaz is uncertain.
In the first century AD, the Roman writer Pliny suggested that the name came from the Greek word “Topazos”, an island in the Red Sea. Another theory suggests that the name comes from the Sanskrit word “pita” meaning fire, and that it makes reference to the yellow color of some topazes.
The most common Topazs are colorless (white) and brown. The blue color, for the most part, is due to the treatment of the stone. We can find colorless, brown, yellow, blue, orange, purple, pink and red Topazes.