November Birthstone – The Spectacular Citrine

November is the month of chill fall weather, changing colours, pumpkin spice everything and, of course, Thanksgiving. To represent this month, November's birthstone is the breathtaking golden yellow citrine - the perfect colour and the perfect gemstone for fall. With such a rich and captivating colour, the citrine gemstone stands out. Learn more about the November birthstone including the origin, care suggestions and the best options for wearing citrine gemstone jewellery.


What is the Birthstone for November?

The citrine gemstone is the traditional birthstone for those born in November. The November birthstone colour is a beautiful shade of golden-yellow. As a variety of the mineral quartz, citrine birthstone colour ranges from golden-yellow to brownish-red, depending on its origin. Darker colours, including the medium golden-orange-red madeira citrine, are rarer and more valuable. The most favored and popular variation of citrine is a warm golden yellow.

The name citrine comes from the citron fruit. In fact, citron means "yellow" in many different languages. The citrine birthstone is said to be comforting, energizing and life-giving.


The Origins of the Citrine Gemstone

The best citrine gemstones can be found in Brazil. Natural citrine is rare, which plays into its price. Most natural citrine comes from Southern Brazil, but you can also find it all over the world, including in Spain, France and South Africa.

Some jewelers will use a heat-treated version of citrine in order to have a more budget-friendly option. This option uses amethyst, which is then treated with high heat to change its colour to the rich gold citrine.

Natural citrine is a cousin to amethyst, which is why it is used to create a more affordable option, but don't think that this created citrine is any less beautiful. Citrines make beautiful jewellery choices for any occasion. Whether you use natural citrine or created citrine, this gemstone looks stunning in a variety of different stone cuts, including round cut and oval cut. These two cuts are the most popular citrine shapes because they tend to maximize both colour and sparkle.


History of the Citrine Birthstone

History tells us that the ancient Romans loved to use the citrine in jewellery and even to decorate weaponry. The citrine gemstone was also popular in the 19th century. Many jewellery pieces from the Victorian era feature natural citrine as the centerpiece for these works of art.

Historically, citrine's popularity continued well into the 20th century. During the Art Deco period, citrine was prominently featured in many elaborate jewellery pieces worn by glamorous Hollywood stars. It was also a popular gemstone for cocktail rings.

Along with being the November birthstone, the citrine gemstone is used to celebrate a couple's 13th wedding anniversary.


November Birthstone Meaning

Because of its rich golden-yellow colour, citrine is said to carry the powers of the sun and bring the physical body energy. In addition to energy, the citrine gemstone is believed to generate positivity, creativity, inspiration and self-improvement. Citrine is a powerful stone for the mind, and aids in digesting information, analyzing situations, overcoming depression and soothing fear and anxiety.

Aside from all the positive attributes associated with the November birthstone, citrine is considered the "success stone" or "the merchant's stone." The citrine is said to bring prosperity and abundance, especially in business. The November gemstone has the nickname "the merchant's stone" because many businesses keep citrine in their cash registers to bring success and good fortune.


Care of Your Citrine Birthstone

The Mohs Scale of Hardness gives an indicator of a gemstone’s hardness and how easily a different gemstone could be scratched or damaged. The citrine birthstone is a seven on the Mohs scale which means it has good toughness and is suitable for all jewellery types.

Even though the citrine birthstone is a fairly tough gemstone, you should be careful when wearing it. Abrupt temperature changes can cause the citrine to crack or break. Be careful about using harsh chemicals while wearing your citrine jewellery.

To clean your November birthstone, place the jewellery in a bowl of warm, soapy water. You can use a toothbrush to clean the stone. You can also put the citrine gemstone in an ultrasonic cleaner. Like other "tougher " gemstones, be careful about storing your citrine jewellery because it can scratch other, less tough jewellery.


Shop the November Birthstone

With its rich, golden-yellow hue, citrine is an eye-catching and elegant gemstone anytime of the year. The November birthstone can be worn in both casual and formal settings, and the citrine is a stunning choice for pendants, drop earrings and everything in between. This fashion favourite makes a wonderful addition to your jewellery wardrobe and adds a pop of warm colour to any look.

Visit your local Peoples Jewellers retail store to find exceptional November birthstone jewellery and citrine gemstone jewellery. You can count on Peoples to have both classic and contemporary citrine jewellery that celebrates life, love and that special November birthday.