Citrine - November birthstone
If you were born in November, your birthstone is the Citrine. Citrine gets its name from citron, the French word for lemon. As you might expect from the name, the Citrine is a golden yellow stone. It is in fact a type of transparent quartz which can range in color from a deep orange brown to a pale lemon yellow. One of the most affordable gemstones, Citrine wears very well with many wardrobe choices and looks very lovely when set in gold, silver, or platinum.
The ancients attributed a number of special powers to the Citrine. The stone was said to prevent snakebite and to prevent harm from evil thoughts and worlds. In the 1940s, Citrine became a very popular choice for jewelry. It was often combined with other stones to create bold and colorful bracelets, brooches, and necklaces.
Today, Citrine is often set in yellow gold, which shows off the beautiful golden glow of the stone. Currently, it is common to see the stone combined with blue topaz, amethyst, or peridot. However, bold Citrine jewelry with only Citrine stones is also very popular. Some jewelers sell emerald or oval cut Citrine stones set in silver, platinum or gold. These pieces look very elegantly. Citrine jewelry comes in a range of styles, from retro to classic to modern and funky. The stone is used in earrings, pendants, brooches, rings, and necklaces. It is very possible – and surprisingly affordable – to create a whole wardrobe of matching Citrine jewelry pieces. If you like to wear earth-tone clothing, these pieces will look great with your wardrobe. Pale cool Citrine colors will complement a cool wardrobe of greens and blues. Many celebrities also opt for bold Citrine pieces for black outfits. The brightness of the Citrine can really add color and brightness to neutrally colored clothing.
Today, most Citrines come from Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and most are in fact amethysts that have heat treated until the amethyst's purple fades to yellow. In some cases, jewels refer to Citrines as topaz quartz. The jewelry industry is trying to phase out this name because the Citrine is in fact a different mineral. However, in the past yellow gems were commonly called topaz and some people continue to confuse the minerals.
Since Citrine is very affordable, it is possible to buy larger stones. The stone is very plentiful as well, so you can certainly find a variety of stones to suit your wardrobe and tastes. Citrines of more than 100 carats are not unheard of, so it really is possible to make a bold statement with this stone.
Citrine is ideal for everyday jewelry because it is a very hard, durable stone and because it is comparatively inexpensive. When your Citrine jewelry needs cleaning, use a mild dish soap. For jewelry that needs a more through wash, you can also use a toothbrush behind the stone, where grime can collect on the setting. When not wearing your Citrine jewelry, keep it away from high heat and from strong sunlight. Because Citrine is a heat-treated stone, its colors may become less vibrant with exposure to heat.