Citrine derives from the French word citron which means lemon. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these zesty lemon-inspired shades, and today, it remains one of the most frequently purchased yellow gemstones.
November’s second birthstone, pale yellow color of citrine closely resembles topaz, which explains why November’s two birthstones have been so easily confused.
Throughout history, people believed that citrine carried the same powers as topaz, including the ability to calm tempers, soothe anger and manifest desires, especially prosperity. However, the brightness of the gem is believed to be bring self-confidence as well as positive energy.
Citrine is a radiant stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of life for those who wear the stone and does not absorb any negative energies from its surroundings. In the mental arena, citrine enhances mental clarity, confidence, and will power. The mental clarity and confidence support bringing increased positivity, creativity and honesty to manifest fresh beginnings.
Known as the “Success Stone” as it promotes and manifests success as well as abundance in all areas, and in many ways. Since citrine can clear negative energy and influences from the aura, it paves the way for this spiritual and psychic growth.
Citrine is an appealing alternative of topaz for November-born babies. It can also make a thoughtful gift that commemorates the 13th anniversary and graduations. Browse through our selection of citrine jewelry to find a piece that evokes good vibes.
Citrine quartz has been adored since ancient times. The name citrine was used to refer to yellow gems as early as 1385, when the word was first recorded in English. However, since the gem’s color closely resembled topaz, these two November birthstones shared a history of mistaken identities.
Brazil is the largest supplier of citrine. Other sources include Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the U.S. (Colorado, North Carolina and California). Different geographies yield different shades of citrine.
With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, citrine is relatively durable against scratches and everyday wear-and-tear—making it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry.
A trace of iron in citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color.
Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of amethyst.
Displayed within their shipping crates are three large crystal “cathedrals” of amethyst and citrine, with owner Tina Sim shown for scale. The citrine color was created in Brazil by heating amethyst; it undoubtedly required a very large oven.
Here are some of your favorite celebrities born in November: Michael Strahan, Goldie Hawn, Kevin Jonas, Odell Beckham Jr., Lorde, Anna Nicole Smith, Jon Stewart, Robert F. Kennedy, Travis Barker, Joseph Simmons, Scarlet Johansson, Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Source: GIA and American Gem Society
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