Citrine? “What’s that?” You say. Isn’t November’s birthstone the topaz? Though people often referred to this yellow gemstone as the yellow or gold topaz, its proper name is citrine. Topaz is a misnomer—the citrine stone is actually a member of the quartz family and gets its sunshine hue from iron in the silicon dioxide that makes up the chemical structure of the quartz. The quartz family includes stones in nearly every color of the rainbow.
Ranging in color from lemony yellow to burnt amber, the citrine is a splash of sunshine just as the days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to get chilly. Citrine is one of the few stones that bear a yellow hue. While you may encounter a yellow-toned diamond, they are highly rare and thus unaffordable to most. Citrine, on the other hand, is delightfully affordable and a perfect gift for that special November birthday.
Sterling Silver and Citrine Cuff Bracelet. (Shown above left) This sterling silver cuff bracelet holds a citrine stone of more than 11 carats. The bold, chunky look of he yellow stone pairs perfectly with the intricate leaf and diamond pattern that covers the antiqued silver cuff. A strip of diamond accents set in 14k white gold flank each side of the stone to give it that little extra touch of sparkle and shine. The sterling silver and citrine cuff bracelet measures 29mm at its widest point. This piece is sure to brighten up those dreary winter days!
Victorian Floral Oval Citrine Ring in 14K White Gold. (Shown above right) In an antique, Victorian setting of 14k white gold sits this dramatic citrine stone, measuring 10mm in length. This ring is truly unique—featuring the citrine stone so rarely seen in jewelry. Shown here in 14k white gold, the piece is also available in yellow gold or platinum. Its golden, sunshine-like color lifts the spirits and reminds you of the spring and summer days that will soon come again.
Sterling Silver Hammered Circle and Citrine Earrings. (Shown left) Also crafted of sterling silver, these funky citrine earrings are an affordable gift for the November birthday and the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Each earring features a string of citrine ‘briolettes’ or charms suspended from the lower hoop of the earring. The sterling silver has a matte, hammered finish, giving off a subtle, bronzed hue. Each earring is 2.5’’ long, not including the ear wire.
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