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November Birthstone and Gold Jewelry

Posted on 10th Nov 2011 @ 8:05 AM

citrine.jpgNovember’s birthstones are perfect for adorning yellow gold jewelry. The yellow hues of citrine and the traditional topaz add an even brighter shine to gold jewelry.

     The birthstone conjures images of fields of sunflowers, a river of flowing honey and piles of lemon drops. The name citrine even comes from an old French word for lemon.

     Citrine is a rare form of quartz, and found in igneous metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is believed to have begun as amethyst, the purple quartz, but turned to yellow by from nearby molten lava. In fact, you shouldn’t leave a citrine stone in direct sunlight for a long time because the color came become permanently changed.

     The first time in history that Citrine is mentioned as a gemstone was by the Romans in the first century B.C. It became popular during the Romantic period in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Artisans used citrine to enhance gold jewelry.

     Most citrine comes from Brazilian mines, but the yellow quartz also is found in Bolivia and Madagascar.

     A citrine gift symbolizes the giving of hope and strength.

     The traditional stone, yellow topaz, has been used in jewelry since ancient times. The Egyptians believed it was created by the glow of the sun god Ra.

     Yellow topaz signifies friendship, and the capacity to give and receive love.

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