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Halloween Jewelry: Spooky, Simple, & Stylish

Halloween is just a few days away, and we know you’ve been digging through your jewelry box to find just the perfect jewels for that Hallows Eve costume (or is that just us…?). Here are some fun Halloween jewelry pieces that can be worn not only during the spooky holiday but also year round!

Animal Jewelry Animal jewelry is one of the latest jewelry trends and a ton of fun to wear, especially during Halloween. If your costume is on the cutesy side, pair it with a black cat pendant. If your costume is a little spookier, or shall we say more “creepy-crawly,” complete it with a spider pendant.

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Heart Jewelry – Will heart jewelry ever go out of style (hint: no!)? Heart jewelry pairs perfectly with a sweet and simple costume. For an unexpected twist, accessorize your costume with a devil heart pendant.

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Orange & Black Jewelry Orange and black have always been associated with Halloween. Not sure if animal or heart jewelry goes with your Halloween costume? Try a pair of dark onyx earrings or a golden citrine pendant. The best thing about these two colors, is that they are always stylish and easy to match with different costumes and outfits.

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Shop our Halloween jewelry sale here, and feel free to share your costume accessory ideas with us! From one jewelry-lover to another, we always love to hear about anything and everything related to jewelry.

Happy Halloween!

The Jewelry Insider

November 14, 2008


Citrine is the most affordable of all the earth-toned gemstones, thanks to its durability and availability. It has become increasingly popular with budget-minded women looking to expand their work and leisure jewelry wardrobes.

Citrine, a form of quartz, derives its name from the French word for lemon, “citron.” It is available in a range of golden hues from lemon to straw to sun yellow to gold, as well as oranges, browns, and deep madeira red. It is generally more inexpensive than amethyst and is also available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including very large sizes.

Citrine’s lively colors can brighten almost any jewelry style, and it blends especially well with yellow gold. Its low cost makes it an ideal stone for popular free-form fancy cuts for one-of-a-kind and customized pieces. And good cut is as important in determining citrine’s quality as it is for more expensive yellow counterparts, such as yellow sapphire.

As with other stones, citrine in very large sizes (above three carats) in rich, deep colors has always been rare and therefore the most valuable form of the gem. Although this stone’s dark orange and red shades traditionally have been the most prized, its bright lemony hues have become very popular in recent years because they mix better with pastel colors.

In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. It was also thought to give calmness and mental balance to its wearer.

Citrine is the birthstone for November, as well as recommended jewelry gift for couples celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary.

Most citrine is mined in Brazil. Supplies are most plentiful in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, particularly from the Serra mine. The Ira’ mine also produces large quantities of the gem.

These stones generally start life as either smoky quartz or amethyst geodes. Heat treatments first turn them clear and then give them a permanent color ranging from yellow to brownish red.

Sometimes citrine is referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. The name refers to the color, which is sometimes similar to topaz. But since topaz is a separate mineral, the name could be confusing and should not be used.

Occasionally, Mother Nature combines the colors of amethyst and citrine into a single gemstone called ametrine.

With a ranking of “7” on the Mohs scale of hardness (from 1-10, with “10” representing a diamond, the hardest mineral on earth), citrine has excellent durability and is suitable for everyday wear. However, since much of the citrine on the market today has been heat treated to improve its color, it should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat.

The Jewelry Insider

October 21, 2008

Indulge in some guilt-free shopping this month with November’s uber-chic birthstone – citrine.

Legend speaks of the power of citrine bathing its owners in thoughts of calmness and kindness. Certainly today, a splash of calmness would go a long way.

The sunny charm of citrine brightens almost any jewelry style making it the perfect gem to brighten the rather dour world of 2008. Citrine, a form of quartz, derives its name from the French word for lemon, ‘citron’. Many people have come to know this stone though under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in actual fact it has very little in common with topaz – except for a few nuances of color. Citrine is a member of the large quartz family. Like all crystal quartzes citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches. It won’t immediately take offence at being knocked about either, since its cleavage properties are non-existent. Even if their refractive index is relatively low, the yellow stones have just that mellow, warm tone that seems to have captured the last glow of autumn.

There are not many yellow gemstones in the world of jewels. A diamond or a sapphire may be yellow – but are usually up there on the price scale. Tourmalines or chrysoberyl, can be found in yellow hues but these tend to be greenish-yellow. However a citrine fulfils everyone’s color wishes, from lemon yellow to reddish brown.

Rare though it is, yellow does in fact occur in quartz in nature, if seldom, when there are traces of iron in the silicon dioxide. Historically, it has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary and in several mines overseas. Perhaps the citrine wouldn’t have been talked about at all if, in the middle of the 18th century, it had not been for the discovery that amethysts and smoky quartzes can also be rendered yellow by so-called burning. This heat treatment at temperatures of between 470 and 560 degrees has to be carried out very carefully and requires a great deal of experience. However, in the course of 200 years, its application has become so much a matter of course that most of the stones available in the trade today are in fact burnt amethysts or smoky quartzes. Only a trained specialist can recognize the signs of heat treatment at all, burnt stones having subtle stripes whilst the yellow of natural ones is cloudy.

In Europe, the boom on these yellow to reddish crystal quartzes didn’t begin until, in the 1930s, expatriate agate cutters from Idar-Oberstein, Germany sent large quantities of citrine back home, along with amethyst and agate, from Brazil and Uruguay. It was only then the spells of citrine began to be felt worldwide.

In the 1930s the world was in turmoil and the color and value of citrine made it one of the most popular gems on the market. Today history seems to be repeating itself. Looking at the trends of fashion – citrine is on its way back as a stylish super-star that won’t break the bank.

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