Citrine and Amethyst Pendant - GN
This is a spectacular pendant that features a citrine and amethyst gemstone. This piece is very comfortable and easy to wear. This is a perfect all-day necklace. You can dress it up or down. These genstones are set in .925 Sterling silver with a 20 inch sterling silver chain. Each piece I create is made from start to finish with a creative and artistic soul in mind!!
Please understand that handcrafted jewelry is just that, handcrafted. It is not perfect, slight variations are what gives handcrafted jewelry its unique character.
Citrine boasts beautiful autumn hues that can range from light yellow to bright orange. Often reminiscent of a forest on a crisp fall day, Citrine is appropriately appointed the national birthstone of November. The name “citrine” replaced the standard name of “yellow quartz” in 1556. Although the name has a number of potential sources, all of them relate to citrus and are once again a nod to the stone’s orange-based hues. One of the most likely sources for the name is the French word “citron,” meaning lemon.
Citrine has been used ornamentally for thousands of years. In fact, in Ancient Greece, the stone was used as a decorative gem during the Hellenistic Age between 300 and 150 B.C. In addition, 17th century Scottish men used citrine on the handles of daggers and swords for decorative purposes. However, there is also record of entire sword handles that were crafted from citrine. More recently, citrine was particularly popular during the Art Deco era between World War I and World War II. During this time, movie stars wore oversized and elaborate citrine jewelry.
Today, citrine is primarily used for its color and clarity in designer jewelry pieces and is crafted into a variety of designs. The majority of modern day citrine comes from Brazil; however, natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, France and Madagascar, among other places. Darker colors, including medium golden orange, are typically considered more rare, and as a result, more valuable.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio. Beads of amethyst are found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. It is a widely distributed mineral, but fine, clear specimens suitable for cutting as ornamental stones are confined to comparatively few localities. Such crystals occur either in the cavities of mineral vein and in granitic rocks, or as a lining in agate geodes.
The most commercially significant deposits occur in southern Brazil and neighboring Uruguay. Many of the hollow agates of Brazil and Uruguay contain amethyst crystals in their interior. Madagascar is the third major country to export the stone. Much fine amethyst also comes from Russia, especially from near Mursinka in the Ekaterinburg district, where it occurs in cavities in granitic rocks. In addition, many localities in India and Sri Lanka yield amethyst.
In the United States, amethyst occurs at many sites, but the specimens are rarely fine enough for use in jewelry. Among these locations are Amethyst Mountain, Texas; Yellowstone National Park; Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Haywood County, North Carolina; and Deer Hill and Stow, Maine. It is found also in the Lake Superior region. Amethyst is relatively common in northwestern Ontario and in various locations throughout Nova Scotia, but uncommon elsewhere in Canada. It was selected as the provincial mineral of Ontario in 1975.
Although it was traditionally included in the group of cardinal (or most valuable) gemstones (along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald), amethyst has lost much of its value after the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil.