November Birthstone Citrine: Fun Facts

  • Citrine is named after “citron,” the French word for lemon.
  • Citrine, together with imperial topaz, is the birthstone for November.
  • Citrine is a gemstone variety of the quartz mineral, along with amethyst, rose quartz, and smoky quartz. 
  • Natural citrine gemstones are rare. About 99% of the citrine you will find on the market today is heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartz.
  • The main sources for natural citrine today include the Ural Mountains in Russia, Dauphiné in France and Madagascar.
  • It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from the more expensive yellow topaz with the naked eye. Their main difference between the gems is in hardness, so have your gem testing tools handy.
  • Another name for this gemstone is the "merchant stone" because it is linked to wealth and prosperity. Shopkeepers have been known to keep this gem close to their cash registers in order to maximize profits.
  • In Feng Shui, it is recommended to keep citrine gemstones in the wealth corner of your house i.e., Southeast.
  • You can also place it at the center of your house to bring energy, light, and cheerfulness into your home and life. Use it to energize and vitalize your home.
  • This gemstone is not only associated with wealth, it can also improve one's health. It is thought that citrine helps the heart, kidney, digestive tract, liver and muscles.
  • It is important to properly care for citrine gemstones since they are relatively easy to scratch. It is important to keep them away from colliding with other hard surfaces. Also, Citrine stones should be safeguarded from exposure to direct sunlight, since the color can sometimes dim.