The birthstone for November is the Citrine. The warm, fiery colors that exude from this precious stone are off the Van Gogh painting of the sunflowers. The name originates from the French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon. It has been found in the palest of yellows to a dark amber. The dark amber citrine, is referred to as Madeira, because of its resemblance to the wine.
Citrine is a form of quartz and the sister of Amethyst. It is worn to keep evil thoughts from one’s thinking and ward against venomous snakes. It is also a symbol of strength and hope. It is considered to having medicinal qualities used to remedy kidney and urinary complications. Throughout time it has been extensively utilized to improve the function of ones heart and digestive system. The citrine has the power to remove toxins form the body and treat muscular disorders. The vibrant color and “fire” of the citrine has always been symbolic of healing in general, as fire represents power and strength.
Birthstone for November - Citrine
Citrine jewelry shines with a bright yellow and orange sunny hue. Also the November birthstone, the citrine gemstone is known as the "healing quartz" and is said to support health, vitality, energy, and warmth. Citrine ranges from dark brownish orange to bright pastel yellow, and is plentiful in nature.
Citrine is associated with the values of youth, health, fidelity, strength and hope. Having a rich historical background, citrine has been used for ornamental purposes for thousands of years as this beautiful and vibrant stone has energies of good luck and good fortune.
As the November birthstone, Citrine’s beauty and versatility is one of the stone’s most awe-inspiring traits. Considered to positively influence individuals coping with depression or fear, citrine is also viewed with the ability to heal a wide array of physical ailments, ranging from blood circulatory issues to digestive setbacks.
It is believed that the Romans were the first civilization to have embraced citrine, wearing this gem in the shape of cabochon and worn as jewelry. Later on in Ancient Greece, citrine was a common decorative gem during the Hellenistic Age, between 300 and 1500 B.C. The Scottish also used citrine on the handles of swords to beautify them. In later years, between WWI and WWII, during the Art Deco era, popular movie stars embraced citrine as jewelry, making this gem more popular.
November birthdays are associated with two gems; Citrine and Topaz. The warm color of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange Imperial Topaz color but it is found in a variety of rich colors like blue, pink and yellow.
Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones.