Citrine Ring Information
The wonderful thing about citrine rings is the almost infinite variety of designs available, from simple solitaires to sophisticated citrine and diamond statement rings. Citrine is a golden yellow gemstone that gets its name from the French word for lemon; "citron", though citrine can also be a rich brownish-orange color as well as lemon yellow. Citrine is seen in gemstone rings everywhere, from birthstone rings to haute joaillerie citrine rings and large citrine cocktail rings. Since citrine jewelry is one of the all-time top sellers, even small jewelry stores tend to offer a range of citrine rings. A citrine ring is a great choice for someone who loves large canary yellow diamonds and sapphires, but has a much smaller budget. Plus, citrine gems are more easily available in large sizes than more pricey stones. For those who like to look on the sunny side, a citrine ring is a great golden choice.
Citrine ring history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times when citrine intaglios were worn in gold rings. However, citrine did not get its lemony name until the mid 16th century when metallurgist, George Bauer, who is often referred to as "the father of geology", mentioned it in one of his works. Citrine gradually gained in popularity over the years and in 1912, citrine was made the official November gemstone by the American Gem Trade Association, which made citrine rings more desirable than ever. Citrine was popular in Scotland, especially for dagger decorations, and also featured in Victorian rings and Art Deco rings. Over the years, stunning citrine rings have been designed by famous jewelers such as René Boivin, Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR), master fantasy cutter, Bernd Munsteiner and Alexandra Mor.
Citrine rings of the rich and famous range from Art Deco to Jacob and Co. citrine rings. Among the stars who enjoy wearing citrine rings are Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow. Caustic comedian, Joan Rivers owned a beautiful, emerald-cut gold and citrine ring, which was offered for sale by Christie's after she passed. Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project paired a large citrine ring with citrine earrings and a yellow dress at the 67th Emmys. Elizabeth Banks has shown off a white metal citrine halo ring and Jennifer Garner wore a yellow gold citrine three-stone ring to a red carpet event. Tara Reid broke from tradition and wears a citrine and diamond platinum engagement ring because citrine is her birthstone.
Citrine ring designs come in just about every shape and form imaginable. The abundance of citrine gemstone cuts, shapes and sizes, makes it a stone for gemstone jewelry designers and gem cutters to play and experiment with. This means that there are many unique and avant-garde citrine rings. Citrine rings may feature carved citrine, fancy-cut citrine or even citrine geodes. Some of the most incredible designs feature bees on a citrine center stone that is cut to appear like honeycomb. The golden color of citrine makes it a perfect gemstone for yellow gold rings, though it contrasts nicely with silver and white gold.
A good citrine ring buying guide should mention that natural citrine is rare, and most citrine that is set into rings is produced by heat-treatment. Since citrine rings are affordable and widely available, they are one of the best-selling yellow to orange gemstone rings. Most people prefer to buy a deep colored citrine in an orangey or brownish color, which is sometimes marketed as "Madeira citrine" due to its rich color, and tends to be a little pricier than paler yellow citrine rings. Many prefer a lighter sunny yellow color that looks great in yellow gold. Citrine ring buyers should aim for an eye clean citrine without visible color zoning. Unscrupulous citrine ring sellers will sometimes label citrine as topaz, in order to gain more profit, but this practice is misleading and unethical. While synthetic citrine is produced, most citrine rings contain natural citrine gemstones.
How to wear citrine rings will depend on the ring style, but many who wear citrine to red carpet and formal events like to pair citrine with yellow clothing for an extra big impact. Citrine also looks great with black, and cheers up any neutral outfit with its sunny color. Very large citrine jewelry, such as cocktail rings should be reserved for special events or occasional wear, but standard-sized citrine rings can be conveniently and easily worn daily. Citrine rings are hard and durable enough to last in everyday rings and do not require any special care or considerations.
Citrine ring meanings are sunny, much like the color of the golden gemstone. Citrine has been credited with the ability to protect against snake poison, jealousy and malevolent spirits. However, some of the best-known metaphysical properties of citrine rings are that they help to encourage success, especially in business, dissipate negative energy, promote unity and improve self-esteem. Citrine is an official birthstone for those born in November, and it is also the thirteenth anniversary gemstone. This means that citrine birthstone rings and anniversary rings are popularly worn.