CITRINE

[si-treen]

BIRTHSTONE: November 

ORIGIN: Most citrine is found in Brazil.

HISTORY: Citrine originated from the French word citron meaning lemon, sharing its bright color hues with the fruit. During ancient times, citrine was once believed to be a gift from the sun often carried to protect against snake venom and evil thoughts.

FASHION: Citrine is a juicy gemstone to brighten any style! Citrine's best value is its durability and affordability. Citrine's true orange hue comes out best when paired with white metals. This stone is ideal for brightening the worst of days! Bring out the sun everyday with your favorite citrine piece.

FORMATION: Citrine is a type of quartz mineral with a crystal structure forming in a pattern with six sides. Small particles of iron trap in the quartz mineral causing the orange hues found in the stone.

CLEANING & CARE: Citrine can be easily cleaned at home using warm soapy water and a soft brush. An ultrasonic cleaner may also be used. A steam cleaner is not recommended to clean citrine. Avoid wearing citrine in situations where it may be scratched or hit. Citrine should be kept from prolonged exposure to sunlight or heat to avoid fading.

TREATMENTS: Sometimes citrine can be treated to set in the bright yellow and orange colors.

MOH'S HARDNESS : 7.0 Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 2.6 - 2.7 The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.

REFRACTIVE INDEX:  1.544 - 1.553 The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.

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