Citrine Bracelets

Citrine is quartz that is yellow in color. Its shade is determined by the amount of iron present in the quartz. Citrine comes in a variety of shades from clay orange to sun yellow. The pale yellow looks very similar to topaz which may cause the gems to be confused. The rarest of citrine shades is bright yellow. It is not uncommon for citrine to be found near amethyst when mined. Citrine can be referred to as “burnt amethyst.” Though they are found near each other in nature, citrine is much more rare then amethyst.

This gemstone is named for the French word “citrin” which means lemon. It is one of the three birthstones for people born during the month of November and is commonly given for a 13th and 17th wedding anniversary. Citrine is also the gemstone for the Gemini zodiac sign.

Citrine has been found around the world and was used in jewelry as early as the 4th century B.C. Citrine has also been known as the “Merchant’s Stone,” it was placed in the cash drawer of a business to increase sales. In Ancient Rome, citrine was popular in jewelry. It was also popular during the 19th century and was a known favorite of Hollywood starlets Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. Both actresses preferred the stone in a large bold cut. Citrine can be mined in many locations around the world; Africa, Spain, Madagascar, France, Russia, and South Africa. It is also found in Colorado, North Carolina, and the state of California. The state of Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil is the largest supplier of natural citrine. During the 1930’s citrine was again made popular as the gemstone of choice for those in the Art Deco Movement.

Purchasing Your Citrine Bracelet

When purchasing your citrine bracelet, be sure to verify the authenticity of the gem. Amethyst that has been treated with heat can be sold as citrine. This practice is widely accepted among gem traders and almost all of the citrine on the market today is in fact amethyst that has been treated with heat.

Healing Properties of Citrine
Citrine is known for its wide variety of healing properties. It represents the third chakra and the solar plexus. The gemstone has strong detoxification properties and is believed to cleanse the blood, kidneys, digestive tract, and urinary systems. Increased function of nerves and endocrine system is another benefit of citrine use. For use in detoxification the stone is soaked in water to create a citrine elixir. When this elixir is ingested, it is thought to help balance hormones and reduce menstrual cramps. It is believed to harness the power of the sun and so helps the users that suffer from fear, phobias, and depression. Citrine is used to aid in self healing and improvement as well. According to legend, the coyote is a notorious trickster. Citrine is called the ‘coyote stone’ and is used to trick those who are resistant into learning. Therefore it is helpful for those in treatment for addictions. Ancient civilizations called citrine the ‘stone of the mind.’ When placed on the forehead of an Elder, it was thought to increase their psychic power.

Caring for Your Citrine Bracelet
On the Mohs scale, citrine scored a 7, making it suitable for casual wear. Avoid using steam to clean your bracelet, instead use warm water with a mild soap. Prolonged exposure to the sun or heat should be avoided as well. When storing your citrine bracelet, you may wish to wrap it separately since it is prone to scratches from harder gems in your jewelry box.

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  1. Can you please tell me where can i find a citrine bracelet in south africa, with the south African rand currency please. not too expensive

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