November’s Birthstone: Citrine

Citrine is the birthstone for November and what an appropriate color, what with the Fall season’s warm, rustic feel! Citrine has also been referred to as Gold Topaz or Madeira or Spanish Topaz. Although Citrine is not a higher-quality gemstone, it does share the beautiful gold coloration of the  Topaz. Citrine is actually a member of the Quartz family of stones. Quartz stones are rock crystals that are found in many different colors from clear to a very dark black.  Rock crystals can be cut into various shapes and made into dozens of different styles of jewelry from citrine earrings, necklaces, and rings to pins, and brooches.

Citrine gets its name from its lemon – yellow color. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, which means it is very resistant to scratches. This makes Citrine a good investment for your jewelry collection as it will last a good long time and not chip easily from continuous wear.

Citrine reminds us of a lovely golden Rhine wine or a sparkling Madeira: heavy,  but sweet. It also has a warm, mellow tint that captures the glow of a rich autumn day. The sunny color of Citrine cheers us when it’s dull and damp outside.

The colors of this stone ranges from lemon yellow to a reddish brown. There is something for everyone’s  color taste if you love warm yellow gemstones. Yellow is a rare color for gemstones, but is found in diamonds, sapphires, topaz, beryl,  and tourmaline. Citrine cubic zirconia jewelry is beautiful but not very expensive, which makes Citrine an excellent choice if you are looking for something affordable.

Citrine is not the only stone that carries a yellow hue. Heat treatment can be applied to Smokey Quartz and Amethyst to alter their color to yellow. While only a trained specialist can tell if a quartz stone has been heat treated, subtle stripes can be detected in one, while a natural yellow quartz will have a cloudy yellow tone.


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