From pretty pale yellow, to glorious gold and warm red-browns, it’s clear to see why citrine has been coveted for centuries and was known as the gemstone of happiness.
Origin and Supply of Citrine
The name derives from the French 'citron', meaning 'lemon'. It's thought that the Romans were thought to be the first to wear citrine, but it became popular during the Romantic period as it enhanced the beauty of gold jewellery.
If left in the sun for a long period, citrine stones change colour. It’s a permanent colour change though, so if you like the colour of your stone, keep it away from long stints in the sun.
Chrysoprase was prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans as they believed it had powerful healing properties. Alexander the Great was said to carry chrysoprase into battle to ensure victory. In the 1800s it’s said that thieves believed placing chrysoprase in their mouth would make them invisible!
|Colour||Yellow, Gold, Light Yellow|
|Sources||Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Africa, France, Uruguay, and Russia|