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quartz and silver 2This is a beautiful, clear, natural Quartz crystal and silver pendant to use as a necklace or for crystal healing and insights (or both!). Approx. 35 mm long including bale (or approx. 1 1/2") and approx. 15 mm. (a bit over 1/2") wide. Exclusively for our friends and fans, please remember you can use code 14123 for a 20% discount on this or anything else in the shop!

 

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C is for Citrine -- a member of the Quartz family.  It has a delicate,yellow color, derived from iron; the name itself is derived from the French word citron, for lemon.  Citrine has been found all around the world -- Brazil, Spain, France, Madagascar, Scotland, and the US.   It is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz.  Natural citrines are rare.  Commercial "citrines" are often heat-treated amethysts ("burnt amethysts") or smoky quartzes.  This semi-precious gemstone is said to be associated with mental clarity, personal will, and especially, creativity.  It is also November's birthstone.  I found this lovely sample on an Etsy site for bridesmade gifts:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85419684/citrine-lariat-necklace-birthstone?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=citrine&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

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