Citrine is the Birthstone for November and is part of the
family of quartz gemstones.
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a
pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are
quartzes. It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visually, but they
differ in hardness. Citrine has ferric impurities, and is rarely found naturally. Brazil is the
leading producer of citrine, with much of its production coming from the state
of Rio Grande do Sul. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means
"yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron."
Sometimes citrine and amethyst can be found together in the same crystal, which
is then referred to as ametrine. Â
A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the
costly imperial topaz gem stone, which is one reason that citrine is a popular
birthstone alternative to those born in November.Â Citrine colors includes
yellow to gold to orange brown and red shades of transparent quartz. In ancient times,
citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
Today citrine is known as the merchant's stone and is associated with success
In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed
that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Citrine is assigned to planet
Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind".
Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an elder
would increase his psychic power.
Citrine is said to:
- increase self esteem
- protect from the negative energy from someone
- promote clarity of thought
Citrine can also be used by healers to help with digestion
as it is considered beneficial to the endocrine and digestive system - cleansing,
purifying and eliminating poisons that have built up. Citrine is an excellent
stone to calm and soothe distressed conditions. Some use it to help relieve
depression, digestive problems (including constipation and diabetes). It will
give joy and love to the owner.
Sources of citrine include Brazil, Bolivia, several African
countries and parts of the Soviet Union.
Happy Birthday November!