This hot new season is seeing a wash of bright colours pop into the colour trend charts, with yellow being most prominent. The colour yellow is the pinnacle of optimism, reminiscent of sunshine and citrus summer fruits. Try wearing a bold dress, top or bikini in this shade to brighten up your whole look. If you’re feeling a little colour shy, start small by rocking a citrine necklace or bangle.
There are not many yellow gemstones in the world of jewels. A diamond or a sapphire may be yellow – but it will be expensive – or sometimes a tourmaline or chrysoberyl, though they tend towards green. However, citrine fulfils everyone's colour wishes, from lemon-yellow to reddish-brown.
Citrine's name is derived from the colour – the yellow of the lemon. Many people have come to know and love this stone under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in fact it has very little in common with the higher-quality gemstone topaz, except for a few nuances of colour. Citrine is a member of the large quartz family, which, with its multitude of colours and very varied structures, offers gemstone lovers almost everything their hearts may desire in terms of adornment and decoration, at prices which are highly affordable.
According to the International Colored Gemstone Association, in Europe, the boom in this yellow to reddish crystal quartz didn't begin until the 1930s, when expatriate agate cutters from Idar-Oberstein sent large quantities of citrine, along with amethyst
, back home from Brazil and Uruguay. It was thus the golden-yellow quartz made its contribution to Idar-Oberstein's becoming – and remaining – one of the world's great gemstone centres.
The supply in Europe of sufficient raw material came at just the right moment for the nascent upheaval in social conditions. As the bourgeoisie grew in strength, the demand for jewellery across a broader spectrum of social strata also grew, and citrine found a permanent niche for itself. Since it was really only topaz that until then was known and used as a gold-coloured gemstone, the yellow and brown crystal quartzes quickly became very popular with ladies.
Like golden Rhine wine or sparkling Madeira, heavy and sweet, citrine’s bright, sunny glow remains the ideal gem for reflecting the golden days of summer.
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