Citrine is the birthstone for November

Citrine – the Birthstone for November

Citrine – November’s birthstone

Citrine - the birthstone for NovemberIf you were lucky enough to be born in November, then you have a beautiful quartz gemstone associated with the month of your birth. And definitely not unlucky if you’ve been married for 13 years, as this stone is also the present to give to celebrate this anniversary.

Citrine comes from the French word ‘citron’ meaning lemon, which explains its yellow/orange colour, and I think that it perfectly matches the gorgeous autumnal colours of the falling leaves.

Natural citrine is fairly rare (and therefore commands a higher price compared to other quartz stones), and so would make an extra special present for a November birthday.

It began to become popular as a gemstone in Victorian times, and is also known as the “success stone”, or the “merchant’s stone”. This is on account of it having properties associated with prosperity and luck, and business owners would carry some citrine with them, or keep it in the till of their shop, as it is said to attract abundance.

If you know someone that owns their own business, or has an occasion or event which is important for them to do well, then this stone would be a perfect present to give to them.

Other properties associated with citrine include wisdom, generosity (so if you give it as a present to someone that does well, then hopefully they’ll share their success with you!), confidence, joy and happiness. What’s not to like about it?

It’s also used as a healing stone, and is thought to treat depression, stimulate memory, remove toxins, aid digestion, help fight diabetes, and in general is thought to be good for the heart, kidneys and liver.

I don’t know about you, but I know I could do with a bit of citrine in my life! If you’d like to purchase a piece of jewellery with citrine in it, then visit my gemstone page here, or please get in touch if you’ve got something/someone in mind that you’d like me to make something bespoke for, I’m more than happy to help.

Finally, for those that might already have some citrine jewellery, then it’s important to know that it’s easily scratched, so take extra care with it, and if left in the sunlight for several hours, then it can permanently change colour. So if you want to preserve your jewellery, then try to keep it away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat, and enjoy!

For Citrine jewellery please click here.

Rock crystal - Quartz

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April, Kathryn Cooper Jewellery.

Getting crystal clear on why you need quartz in your jewellery collection

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April: April has two birthstones, diamond and quartz crystal – for this blog I’m going to focus on the quartz, as it’s so popular and comes in so many varieties that I’m sure most of you will already have some in your collection. I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’m going to make the case for quartz too!

Quartz is a power stone, and is called the ‘universal crystal’ because of its many uses. So I think if you were only allowed one gemstone ever, this would be the one to have, because there’s so many things that it can do, heal, protect against, strengthen, enhance…you get the idea.

The quartz family is the largest in the gemstone world, and as such, there are stones that some confuse as being separate gems in their own right, but they are in fact, still officially classed as being quartz. amethyst, citrine and onyx are typical examples of this.

The name comes from the Greek, ‘krystallos’, meaning ice. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that quartz was in fact ice that had been made by the gods because it couldn’t melt.

Quartz crystals are said to receive, activate, store, transmit and amplify energy, and because of this, they enhance the qualities of other gemstones, which is why they are often paired together with other stones when making jewellery.

It’s a happy-go-lucky stone – it promotes hope, happiness and optimism and brings harmony to the soul. It’s also said to enhance the flow of positive thoughts and feelings and believed to clear blockages, and balance spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s like the Mr Happy of the gemstone world!

In terms of health properties, quartz is like Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, it’s a master healer that can be used for any and all conditions. Specifically, it’s a great stimulant of the immune system, and it cleanses and enhances all organs. In addition, it’s believed to ease arthritis and bone injuries and is also used to treat chronic fatigue, depression and intestinal troubles.

So there you have it! It really is the bread and butter of the gemstone world. Not only that, it’s gorgeous to boot! There’s lots to choose from on my site, and for an extra special option, I have some pieces made with rainbow quartz, which looks like oil on water, a beautiful shimmering effect.

Oh, and there’s plenty of pieces with Swarovski crystals incorporated too, so a bit like diamonds as an alternative birthstone option, who needs an excuse to wear a bit of sparkly bling on a daily basis!

And as always, if you don’t see anything you like, please get in touch for a bespoke option, I have some lovely quartz pieces in my collection.

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Quartz Crystal & Black Onyx Sterling Silver Necklace

Quartz Crystal & Black Onyx Sterling Silver Necklace

 

Rainbow Quartz, Black Onyx & Sterling Silver Bracelet

Rainbow Quartz, Black Onyx & Sterling Silver Bracelet