November - Citrine
Wealth — Prosperity — Success
Like a refreshing glass of lemonade, citrine can bring a quick, energetic pick-me-up to those who use it with diligence and respect. In times of low to moderate stress, Citrine is a perfect ally for realigning your energies back into balance. Citrine is the perfect tool to cleanse and rejuvenate your spirit and should be used especially if exposed to a lot of toxic people. Citrine crystals carry virtues of self-improvement with them and are excellent stones for self-healing. It imparts joy, wonder, delight and enthusiasm; raises self-esteem and self-confidence; stimulates the brain and strengthening the intellect; promotes motivation, activates creativity and encourages self-expression. It is also known as the success stone and the merchant’s stone due to its ability to transmute energies easily and to manifest abundance in business or career. For those involved in business ventures, citrine can be an excellent tool to increase the flow of money-based energy.
Citrine has been one of the most popular gemstones for centuries and continues to be highly sought after even today. Easily recognized by its vivid yellow color, this affordable gemstone makes for beautiful and eye-catching jewelry. While citrine remains a relatively affordable gemstone with very high demand, it’s very rare in nature and most commercial grade citrines in the market are really not natural citrines but heat-treated purple amethyst or smoky quartz. Amethysts and smoky quartz are heated to turn them yellow or orange and sold as "citrine." Like all gemstones, there are four main factors that you should take into account when shopping for your ideal piece of citrine - color, cut, clarity and carat. Each are important and can add or detract from the value of your stone. The most desirable color of a citrine is a rich brownish orange color with semi-transparency, similar to the color of amber. It also resembles the pricier yellow diamond and yellow topaz. Citrine is commonly faceted to bring out its light performance and to add depth to its appearance. Citrine can sometimes contain inclusions, but this is quite rare. In general, citrine has excellent clarity with most gemstones free of any visible inclusions.
Care for Your Citrine Jewelry: Citrine has a hardness rating of 7 which makes it a rather soft gemstone. It can easily get scratched if bumped or rubbed against other objects. However, citrine has very good toughness, meaning that it doesn’t chip or break easily. If taken care of, citrine can last a very long time. While they are ideal for pendants and earrings, citrine isn’t the best gemstone in rings or bracelets for daily wear as these are subject to high exposure. Citrine can be safely cleaned with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, as citrine should not be subjected to heat.