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.


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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.


Source:  

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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