Happy Birthday November babies! The two birthstones for November are Citrine and Topaz! Today, let’s talk about Citrine!
The warm, sunny color of this popular gemstone inspired its name, derived from the French word “citron,” meaning “lemon.” Its color ranges from saturated yellow to reddish orange to pale yellow.
Citrine is part of the mineral species quartz, along with sibling gemstones amethyst, rose quartz, smoky quartz, rock crystal quartz and tiger’s-eye quartz. Much of the citrine on the market today is actually amethyst that has been heat-treated to turn it yellow. Occasionally, you will hear citrine referred to as topaz; however, topaz is a different mineral.. Both citrine and topaz are birthstones for November, and the colors of yellow topaz and citrine can easily be confused.
Most citrine is mined in Brazil, especially from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. However, large amounts of amethyst and citrine have also been found in the Anahí mine in Bolivia, as well as Africa.