Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summertime Citrine

Citrine is a gemstone that is perfect for summertime wear because of its sunny colors.  It can range anywhere from pale yellow to madeira orange.  It is transparent and is a part of the quartz family.  It is often used as a less costly substitute for topaz.  It is the birthstone for November and the anniversary stone for the 17th year of marriage.  Citrine can be easily scratched, and because it can change colors when exposed to sunlight, should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat.

Citrine is valuable in the treatment of depression, it eliminates self-destructive tendencies. Citrine is said to stimulate memory.  It aids digestion, and removes toxins from the body. Citrine is a good healing stone, especially for heart, kidney and liver. It helps fighting diabetes.

Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. Citrine is a great protective talisman. It calms and soothes.  Citrine is the signature of wisdom and peace.  It stimulates the mental body and aids the opening of the bridge between higher mental body and intuitional levels.  Citrine is said to help one connect with Spirit.  It enhances creativity, and motivates writers.

Here are a couple of new pieces I created focusing on the citrine, using pale yellow nuggets, amethyst rondelles, aquamarine rondelles, small round amazonite beads, and golden crystals.  I used extensive wire wrapping in both pieces, and the clasp on the necklace and the earwires on the earrings are handmade by me.  These are also in my Etsy shop.  Enjoy!

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