November Birthstone - All About The Sunny Citrine
A time for Thanksgiving and the start of the winter holidays. This chilly month we’re offering you a gift from the sun to keep you warm and cosy. Read on to learn more about one of November’s birthstones, citrine and the wonderful benefits it has to offer to those born this month.
Citrine’s Glowing History And Meanings
Citrine is the sunny yellow gemstone with a name that derives from an Old French word citron, meaning lemon. Besides its bright hues, citrine has long been coveted by many jewellery enthusiasts for its affordability and durability. It has a Mohs hardness rating of seven out of ten, indicating that it’s relatively resistant to scratches and wear and tear.
However, the citrine gemstone has been confused with the yellow topaz – which caused people to believe that it too has the exact qualities as the topaz gemstone. The citrine gemstone was thought to calm wearers and ease their temperament. It’s also said to bring prosperity, spark imagination and encourage new beginnings. Citrine is also gifted for the 13th wedding anniversary.
The November birthstone caught wind in the 17th century and continued to grow its popularity ever since. Between 150 and 300 B.C, the Scottish used this autumn-hued beauty for the handles of their swords and daggers. While it was thought to be added for decorative purposes, the citrine birthstone was also considered as a talisman.
Speaking of which, the Egyptians carried citrine to protect them against snake venom and evil thoughts. As for the ancient Greeks, they carved images into them and shaped the citrines into rock crystal ornaments, while Roman priests turned them into dazzling rings.
The citrine's beauty shined brilliantly even in the 19th century, when sapphires and diamonds were the most popular gems at that time. It came back stronger and more desirable than ever. The spike in demand was most likely due to Queen Victoria’s love for colourful gemstones – especially in the sunny citrine, resulting in the citrine birthstone becoming the notarised stone of the rich and famous.
Citrine-Adorned Blings And Things
The Art Deco era was when the November birthstone reached its peak of international fame. Not only was it stunning in jewellery, it was also used as an embellishment in clothing, interior design and even furniture! Talk about versatility.
Even celebrities wore this precious gemstone on the red carpet. Global stars such as Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain and more have proudly donned this November birthstone. Other famous citrine jewellery pieces includes the gorgeous tiara that Cartier created for the coronation of King George VI in 1937.
Today, most citrine gems are results from heat-treating other varieties of quartz, which decreases their value. Natural citrine is almost always pale-yellow and commands a higher price than the processed ones.
Citrine As A Birthstone
If you’re born in November then you’re either a Scorpio or Sagittarius. Scorpio babies tend to be enigmatic and sensitive with endless creativity. But they can also be domineering. Sagittarius babies, however, are optimistic and adventurous. Their bad trait? These individuals are said to speak before thinking.
According to the Journal of Ageing Research, kids born in November have a higher chance of living to the age of 100 than babies born in any other month. On top of that, studies show that they’re less likely to suffer from heart problems or lung cancer and that they have the lowest clinical depression rates. What a bundle of joy you are!
November-borns are lucky enough to have two stunning gems as their birthstones. One is topaz, which comes in a variety of colours, and the other is citrine; the gem we’re focusing on in this article. Citrine as your birthstone is perfect as it gives you a peace of mind while soothing unplesant emotions.
The glowy November birthstone colour is ideal for this time of year, especially when it’s almost the season of gifting. So, what are you waiting for? Brighten gloomy days and attract prosperity with the vibrant Citrine Collection this autumnal month or any time you need a quick pick-me-up.
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