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Pair of Rosecliff earrings, Rosecliff Bar necklace, one Greenwich Flower earring, & Bayberry necklace, all featuring citrine.
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Citrine’s meaning, styling, and care

The Meaning of Citrine

The uplifting yellow warmth of Citrine symbolically is said to bring vitality and enhance healing energy. Citrine is connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra which governs inner strength and personal power. Merchants have long valued citrine as a talisman to bring prosperity and abundance and are said to keep a piece of golden hued citrine in their cash registers to draw in wealth.

A woman wearing a Rosecliff Citrine Bar necklace featuring eleven 2mm faceted round cut gemstones on a 1.17mm cable chain.

The name for this lemony colored semi precious gemstone comes from the French word for lemon, citron. Its cheerful color, ranging from light yellow to dark amber, adds a warm glow especially when paired with yellow gold settings. This cheerful birthstone for November and the Zodiac signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius is traditionally used to celebrate the 13th wedding anniversary.

Warren ring with diamonds, Rosecliff Stackable ring, Grand ring, and Newport Grand necklace, all featuring citrine.

Since ancient times, humans have associated gemstones with healing properties and spiritual significance.

Citrine - Gemstone Knowledge

A quartz crystal, Citrine is very close to its sister gem, Amethyst. Citrine’s color comes from the oxidation level of iron in the quartz crystal. Darker shades of Citrine are more highly valued. Many Citrines sold today are actually Amethyst or Smoky Quartz which have been heat treated to change the color. HAVERHILL uses only naturally mined Citrine, not heat treated Citrine.

Scattered assortment of loose citrine gemstones in various cuts and sizes on a white fabric background.

Caring for your Citrine Jewelry

How to Clean your Citrine Jewelry

Occasional cleaning with a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner or mild dye-free dish soap and water is a simple way to maintain the beauty of your Citrine jewelry. Let the jewelry soak in a small bowl for a few minutes (away from a sink and drain), then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Be sure to rinse it completely and blot dry with a chamois cloth. 

Two Rosecliff Citrine Stackable rings, one with alternating diamonds, featuring eleven 2mm prong set gemstones.

Styling Tips for Citrine Jewelry

Citrine is the most popular golden hued gemstone, perhaps because its glowing amber color works beautifully with both yellow and white gold to bring warmth to any complexion or outfit. Traditional beliefs tie Citrine to prosperity and sources of energy, echoing the vitality of the sun. Capture the warm glow of the late summer sun with a Warren Citrine Pendant.

Warren Citrine pendant on an Adelaide Mini chain featuring a 10x8mm center stone, and a Rosecliff Small Circle necklace.

Sunset Collection

Woman wearing a Sunset necklace featuring seven alternating 4mm briolette cut, bezel set pink tourmaline & citrine gemstones.

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Are all Citrines the same color?

We use naturally mined Citrine in our jewelry and so there may be natural variations in the color of the stones. When making a piece of jewelry, our stone selectors aim to match the Citrines in each piece of jewelry. If you select a set of Greenwich 4 Citrine & Diamond Earrings, they will choose 8 stones that match each other. However, because they are naturally mined stones, they may be slightly lighter or darker than the images on the website.

Is Citrine the same as Yellow Topaz?

Citrine and Yellow Topaz are different gemstones formed from different minerals. Citrine is Quartz and Topaz is aluminum fluorosilicate and is slightly harder on the Mohs scale (8) than Citrine. In earlier times, the two were often confused because of their similarity in appearance.

Should I only wear Citrine if it is my birthstone?

Absolutely not! People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because they are the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because the traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love like a child, a friend or a loved one who has passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal and you should feel free to wear gemstones that speak to you.