Fun Facts About November's Birthstone Citrine

You've probably heard of citrine jewelry before, but maybe you aren't sure if it's the right choice for you. Read on to learn some fun facts about citrine gemstones that will help you make your decision.


  • Citrine is November's birthstone along with Topaz. It is also used to commemorate 13th wedding anniversaries.


  • Citrine quartz, November's birthstone, corresponds with the zodiac sign of Cancer. The citrine birthstone boosts people born under the Cancer sign's self-confidence, creativity and inspiration.


  • So, what is a citrine? A natural citrine stone is a transparent variety of quartz crystal, which is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth.


  • Raw citrine crystals are found in a variety of colors including yellow, orange and brown. The most valued citrine stones are those that range from light yellow to dark brown.


  • Most citrine jewelry on the market is falsely labeled. These stones are often heat-treated amethyst stones or smokey quartz crystal, thus fake citrine. For this reason, heat-treated amethyst stones are sometimes called "burnt amethyst".


  • Many citrine crystals are heat-treated, which destroys the structure of huge crystals and causes fractures and chips. Citrine points are tiny stones that break off from larger citrine gems as a result of heating treatment. Thus, heat treatment is why so many citrine points are available for sale on the market.


  • Citrine crystal quartz was originally dubbed "yellow topaz" because of its yellowish-orange hue. Yellow topaz is now called citrine, which derives its name from the word "citrin," meaning lemon in Old French.


  • As one of the more rare forms of crystal quartz, the citrine gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow to dark amber. Natural light yellow citrine is often also called lemon quartz crystal.


  • Lemon quartz crystal goes by a variety of other names, including Sun Stone, the Light Stone, the Coyote Stone, and Apricosin.


  • Citrine's color is due to chemical impurities. Citrine gems contain iron in them, which gives them a pale-yellow color.


  • The most valuable citrine gems are natural gemstones in very saturated colors, known in the trade as Madeira Citrine. The color of Madeira Citrine ranges from a golden color to golden-orange to reddish-brown to a brown hue.


  • Natural citrine stones are associated with hope, strength, cheerfulness, youth, health and fidelity.


  • Citrine rocks occur in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary sites home to previous volcanic activities.


  • Raw citrine crystals are primarily mined in Brazil. Small amounts of raw citrine crystals are also found in Russia, Colorado, Madagascar, Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Canada, Sri Lanka, Spain and U.S.


  • Citrine rocks come in various varieties, including yellow citrine, which is a lemon-yellow color; golden citrine, which is a golden-yellow hue; Madeira citrine, which is golden orange to reddish-brown color; Fire citrine, which is a deep-red to orange citrine and Palmeria citrine, which is an extremely bright orange citrine.


  • In the Anahi mine of Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colors occasionally occur together in the same crystal resulting in ametrine stones. Ametrine, also known as trystine or by its trade name Bolivianite, features zones of purple and yellow or orange.


  • Citrine quartz ranks on the Mohs Scale Hardness at a 7, meaning citrine jewelry is not easily scuffed and is durable enough to avoid scratching and chipping during everyday wear.


  • Citrine crystals are associated with two deities: the Greek goddess of harvest, Demeter, and the Egyptian goddess of war, Sekhmet.


  • The largest citrine gemstone ever discovered weighs in at 2258 carats and originates from Brazil. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. This citrine crystal is very large - especially when considering the size of gems used in jewelry, which are usually no more than 25 carats.


  • According to Feng Shui, citrine crystals contain subdued Fire Energy. These types of crystals brings brightness, joy and energy to a whole area by being placed in the middle of a home or room. Yellow is the color of the middle of the year, the middle of space, the sun and light energy. Thus, place yellow citrine in the center of a space to energize and vitalize it.


  • The citrine birthstone corresponds to the solar plexus chakra, which is yellow and positioned 3rd on the chakra latter. The solar plexus chakra controls our self-esteem, will power, determination and ego. This chakra is balanced with citrine gemstones.


  • Real citrine stones promotes self-esteem and prosperity. Beware, if the golden color of yellow citrine stones are too clear and saturated, that means they are heat-treated amethyst, also known as burnt amethyst or fake citrine.


  • Also, citrine gemstones are rare, but citrine clusters are even rarer. If you stumble upon a citrine cluster for sale at an affordable price, this is most likely a sign that it is falsely labeled heat-treated amethyst.


  • Although heat-treated amethyst has similar properties to real citrine, the naturally occurring form of citrine contains more powerful energy for use in Feng Shui, meditation, etc.


In conclusion, citrine gemstones are beautiful and versatile stones that have many interesting properties. They are a great choice for anyone looking for a unique and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Thanks for reading!