Citrine is a kind of quartz famous for it’s syrupy golden yellow appearance. It gets its name from the Latin word citrina meaning yellow, which is also where the word citron comes from.
This gloriously rich yellow gem was first celebrated in ancient Greece where it was used to decorate jewellery and tools. Over the centuries it developed a reputation for bringing prosperity and helping the holder to accumulate wealth. Because of this it became known as the merchants’ stone and the money stone. Sounds like a pretty good return on investment for jewellery to us…!
Today, natural citrine is rare. Most of the citrine gems that are used in modern day jewellery are actually amethysts or smokey quartzes that have been treated with heat. Amethysts and citrine actually have a very close relationship, despite their differences in colour! They are sometimes even found together within the same quartz crystal. When this happens, the crystal is then called an ametrine.
Worn best with…
We think the glorious yellow of citrine is at it’s best when paired with silver metals such as platinum, silver or white gold.
Citrine enjoyed a heyday of popularity in the 1930s, which means it was used for a great deal of gorgeous art deco inspired jewellery.
Possibly the most famous of these was the citrine and diamond tiara created by Cartier for the coronation of King George IV in 1937. The central element of the tiara was designed so it could be removed and worn as a brooch.
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