By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistIf you think that royalty only wear diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, you should know that one of Duchess Kate Middleton’s favorite pieces of jewelry is her set of citrine pear drop earrings. Set simply in gold, these vibrant gemstones add a pop of color to the face. One of the most valuable and popular gemstones in the quartz group, citrine derives its name from its lemon-yellow color, although the most desirable citrines have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red hue. This beautiful, eye-catching gemstone rates a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale and is highly resistant (if not impervious) to scratching. Because its cleavage properties (the tendency to fracture) are non-existent, citrine can also take hard knocks.Citrine, one of the birthstones for November, is also known as the “healing quartz”. It is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrine is frequently found in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain. Shop at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center, to select the perfect birthstone jewelry that is right for you or as a special gift or contact us at 617-773-3636.


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