Citrine is a variety of quartz known for its yellow to golden-orange color. Citrine ranges from pale yellow to deep orange or brownish-orange. The most prized color is a vivid, intense yellow-orange.
This gemstone is usually transparent to translucent. It may contain inclusions, but eye-clean specimens are common and more valuable. It is typically faceted to enhance its brilliance and color. It is commonly cut in a variety of shapes, including oval, round, pear, and emerald cuts.
Citrine is popular in jewelry, especially in rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. It is often used as a less expensive alternative to yellow sapphire. It is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale; hence, it is suitable for everyday wear. However, it may still be susceptible to scratches and fractures if subjected to rough handling.
Citrine is one of the birthstones for November. November actually has two birthstones: citrine and topaz. Citrine is favored for its warm, golden hues, which are believed to bring energy, warmth, and abundance to those born in this month. It is said to carry the power of the sun, symbolizing warmth, energy and life.
It is associated with abundance, prosperity and positivity. This gemstone is often associated with prosperity and success, making it a meaningful and beautiful choice for November-born individuals.
Citrine is generally low-maintenance and can be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. However, we should avoid exposing it to high temperatures or prolonged sunlight, as this can cause fading.
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