It's the First of November: "All Hallows' Day" and the day when the Citrine struts to centerstage, front-and-center amongst its fellow birthstones.
Citrine is a pale yellow variety of quartz. It's lemony color is thanks to the iron content within the chemical structure of the gemstone. The Greeks first began to use the stone around 300 BC, believing that the sunny gemstone could help to alleviate depression. In Ancient times, citrines were still very rare, thus expensive and luxurious. But, as larger deposits were later discovered (notably in Brazil), the gemstone became more common and affordable for more admirers.
New Age practitioners believe that Citrines will clean the blood and detoxify the body. Besides counteracting depression, Citrines are believed to have a healthful effect on the kidneys and urinary tract. They are also thought to have a "balancing effect" when worn while taking toxic pharmaceuticals. And they are sometimes called "The Merchant's Stone," for they are believed to attract money and wealth.
The Art Deco vase, shown above, is not a citrine—nor is it the pale shade of yellow which is associated with the gemstone. But it is sunny—and might help (just a little?) dispelling a touch of depression. In the absence of any citrine, I have included this as the next best thing. As the autumn closes-in around us, a bit of sunshine never hurts. Please click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome vase.
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