Citrine / Topaz

Citrine

A rare gemstone, yellow coloured variation of quartz, which thanks its colour to enclosed iron and aluminium. The name citrine comes from ‘citrus’, because of its yellow colour. The yellow gemstone is also known as ‘healing quartz’, because of its power to soothe people and to calm people down. It could make negative feelings go away and increase imagination. It also is called ‘trader’s stone’ because of the wealth and success the citrine would attract.

This vibrant shining gemstone has been considered to be a present from the sun. Its name Citrine is the French word for “lemon” that matches perfectly with its color yellow to bright orange. Many people opt for a Citrine based upon their personal choice, however, many of the most desired Citrine gems possess a very clear, bright yellow to red-brown color.

In older days, Citrine had been carried around like a protection from snake venom and also evil thoughts. These days, Citrine is recognized as the merchant’s gemstone and it is connected with prosperity and success.
Citrine is among the most favored and reasonably priced gems. It is fairly abundant and found in several shapes and sizes. These factors make this stone an excellent gem for a significantly huge and major piece.

Category Nesosilicate Mineral
Chemical Formula Al2SiO4(F,OH)2
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Color Yellow, blue, brown, gray, pink, reddish pink, orange, colorless if there are no impurities
Hardness 8
Luster Vitreous
Streak White
Specific gravity 3.49 to 3.57

Topaz

Traditionally stands for love and prosperity. The name comes from the Greek and is derived from an island in the red see; the place where the topaz first got discovered. The Greek thought that you could become invisible when wearing a topaz. This beautiful gemstone boosts empathy, honesty and joy. Although, the topaz is known for its colour variations, the topaz often is colourless. Topaz gets its colour by a special heat treatment. The colours after the treatment vary from yellow to green and from blue to orange.
Pure topaz is colorless. Impurities tint the stone to a variety of colors like blue, pink, yellow and brown. The most desirable type is the rich orange of Imperial Topaz.

There is a lot of mystical properties that are believed to be within the topaz stone as well as mystic topaz.  The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians believed yellow topaz was a symbol representing their Sun deities, Ra and Jupiter.  The Ancients of earths past strongly believed that topaz possessed healing properties. The Ancients of the past also believed that if you were to place a topaz stone in wine it could heal upper respiratory problems and even enhance ones eyesight.  Emperors and/or Pharaohs would use the stone to detect poison in what they were to drink believing the stone would signal of bad; of course still using poison testers in castle the stone was faulty.  Though it was not popular some even believed that the topaz stone gave you temporary invisibility in times of great peril.

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