November’s Wonderfully Warm-Hearted Birthstone: Citrine
Celebrate a Scorpio or Sagittarius' November birthday with a rich, autumn-hued citrine. Beyond being this month’s birthstone, this splendid gem captures the rich colors of fall—and it’s also a symbol of love to give on your 17th anniversary.
WHAT IS CITRINE MADE OF?
Citrine is a type of iron-rich quartz, making it durable with a ranking of 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale. Citrine crystals often spawn in geodes alongside their colored-quartz cousins, amethysts. And, though often mistaken for yellow topaz, it’s a completely unique gemstone.
WHAT MAKES QUARTZ CRYSTALS CITRINE?
French for "lemon," citrine colors range from pale yellow to warm amber, and even a rare deep, reddish orange known as "Madeira" after its resemblance to the fortified wine. The color range depends on the gemstone’s exposure to heat and light. Top care tip for citrine jewelry? Keep it out of direct sunlight as prolonged exposure will fade its color.
NOVEMBER’S BIRTHSTONE ORIGINS AND MEANING
Believed to be a healing gift from the sun by ancient people, citrine was often carried as protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Citrine represents healing, comfort and calm; the gem is a bringer of prosperity, creativity and new beginnings. Citrine is also considered to be a stone that encourages wealth, success and overall optimism and personal power.
WORLD’S BIGGEST (AND MOST AFFORDABLE) GEMSTONE
According to the Gemological Institute of America, the largest known transparent faceted gemstone in existence is a citrine. It weighs about 8.6 pounds and is just over 19,500 carats!
Citrine also happen to be one of the most affordable gemstones. If you’re looking for the most bling for your buck to enhance any fall outfit, citrines are the way to go.