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November Birthstone : Citrine
Birthstone Color: Yellow Gold



November's gemstone, Citrine, is as warm as a Van Gogh painting of sunflowers.  
The name Citrine comes from an old French word, "citrin", meaning lemon.  One of
the more rare forms of quartz, this gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow
to a dark amber named Madeira because of its resemblance to the red wine.

Perhaps because of its scarcity, there is little mention of Citrine used as a
gemstone prior to the first century B.C.  The Romans were thought to be the first
to wear the yellow quartz, crafting it into cabochon, or highly polished but
unfaceted cuts of stone set into jewelry.  Citrine became more popular during the
Romantic Period, when artisans often favored these warm colored gems to
enhance gold jewelry.  Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have
magical powers and was worn as a talisman against evil thoughts and snake
venom.  It was also considered to have medicinal properties and was commonly
used as a remedy for urinary and kidney ailments.

Sister stone to the purple quartz known as Amethyst, Citrine crystals are found in
igneous metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.  It is believed that some Citrine may
have actually begun as Amethyst, but heat from nearby molten rock changed it to
the yellow form of quartz.  Citrine is known to change color when subjected to heat
and is routinely heated in the jewelry-making process to intensify its color.  For this
same reason, though, this gemstone should not be left in direct sunlight for a long
time because it will permanently alter the color.  Most Citrine is mined in Brazil, but
other sources of the quartz are Bolivia and Madagascar.

A gift of Citrine is symbolic for hope and strength.  With its sunny brightness, this
gemstone is ideal for helping anyone to get through the tough times in life!

Alternate Birthstone
Yellow Topaz is an alternate gemstone for those born in November.  It's golden
color was believed by the Egyptians to be the glow cast by the sun god Ra.  Yellow
Topaz ranges in color from a peachy blush to a deep cognac.  A gift of this
gemstone is said to symbolize friendship and to strengthen one's capacity to give
and receive love.
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