Said to be a gift from the sun, the citrine gemstone shines with the glitz and glamour that we aspire to showcase in our homes. Here’s how to do just that.
French for ‘lemon’, the name citrine is fitting for the bright, shining gemstone representing the month of November. Although citrine gems actually have a wide spectrum of hues from yellow to red-brown, the most popular are those with a burnt orange colour.
Brazil is the world’s leading supplier of citrine, although the gem can be found all around the world and has a history dating back to the ancient times.
The ancient Romans used citrine gems for their intaglio work (artistic carvings that were often portraits and inscriptions, and worn as jewellery). The Romans really knew how to utilise their gems!
Citrines also played part in what is perhaps one of the most glamorous eras ever recorded in history – the Art Deco period. Between World Wars I and II, many elaborate and prised pieces of jewellery were set with citrines. Even Hollywood stars Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford were spotted showcasing the dazzling gems.
Today the citrine is associated with success and prosperity. The ‘merchant’s stone’ is believed to bring abundance in all areas and ways. It is also said to carry the virtues of self-healing and happiness.
How to Style with the Citrine Gem
This month’s gemstone is full of elegance but also the right amount of drama. Here are a few simple tips to style your interior with the right citrine impact:
- The spectrum of citrine colours is quite warm. Make sure you balance the space with contrasting cool hues to avoid an overwhelming interior. Citrine and aqua make for a perfect beachy chic look.
- Citrine can complement a wide range of styles. Think bohemian luxe, art deco and tribal when pairing deep oranges with purples, emerald tones and glimmers of gold.
- Adopt textures and varied tones of citrine rather than a block of colour. We love ombre effects on cushions and wall art that are reminiscent of the sunset. The natural appeal can really bring your space to life!