When asked what the birthstone is for November, most people think of Topaz. The truth is that November actually has two birthstones: Topaz and Citrine. While Topaz comes in a variety of colors, the golden yellow color is the most popular and that color is also what the two gemstones have in common. In fact, for many years yellow Topaz and Citrine suffered from a case of mistaken identity.
The name Citrine, officially adopted in 1556, is believed to come from the French word for lemon. Prior to having its own official name, Citrine was merely referred to as yellow quartz. It’s been used ornamentally and in jewelry for thousands of years. In fact, 17th century Scottish men used citrine on the handles of daggers and swords for decorative purposes.
Metaphysically Citrine is known to increase creativity and protect the wearer from negative energy. It radiates positive energy and is often referred to as the “success stone.”
Fun Fact: In 2015, Angelina Jolie donated a Citrine necklace to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection. It was an 18k yellow gold necklace with 64 graduated bezel-set cushion-shaped Citrine gemstones centered by a 177.11-carat pear-shaped Citrine drop.
Whether Citrine is your birthstone or you just love the rich golden color, it’s a gemstone that is great for everyday wear not only because of its beauty but also because of its healing properties.
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