Citrine: Revered by the ancients as a gift of the sun and a powerful antidote to the vipers venom, citrine is derived from the French word for lemon. Citrines come in glorious golden and vibrant yellow colors. Citrine is the alternate November Birthstone and is the suggested gift for the thirteenth wedding anniversary. Citrine is mined primarily in Brazil. Citrine rates 6 1/2 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the gemstone jewelry you already own, or plan to purchase in the future. Some purple and brownish varieties of quartz are heated to permanently reveal the bright yellow or sunshine orange colors known as citrine. The treatment is permanent and acceptable to the trade. You should assume that the citrine sold at MyJewelrySource is treated unless stated otherwise.
Citrine care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on your citrine jewelry. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your citrine jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.
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