November Birthstone Spotlight: Citrine

Citrine is considered a secondary birthstone for November, with Topaz being the primary birthstone. Citrine is a symbol of the sun and is linked with wisdom and joy.  It is a semi-precious stone.


Color:  Pale yellow to various shades of honey and golden yellows; the deeper the yellow, the more iron it contains and the higher its value.


Primarily found in Brazil, but can also come from Spain, Madagascar, Uruguay, Scotland, and the US.

Age:  Mentioned in Hellenistic Greece, from the 4th to the 1st century BCE.

Family:  Quartz

Hardness:  7 on the Mohs scale

Citrine Mohs

Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:  

As a symbol of the sun, citrine is linked with wisdom and joy, and is well-regarded for helping to relieve depression, improving memory, and opening intuitive channels of knowledge and creativity. It is linked with helping writer’s unblock. Health-wise, it aids the kidney, liver, and heart and helps to remove bodily toxins.

Fun Facts/Stories:  

The name citrine refers to the French word citron (lemon).

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