November Birthstone-Autumn Colors

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE—CITRINE


November’s birthstone is prized for its charming yellow and orange hues. Citrine, believed to derive from the French word for “lemon” (citron), is also given for the thirteenth wedding anniversary. It is known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer. Citrine has been used in jewelry for thousands of years.

Today, most of the citrine in the marketplace results from the heat treatment of amethyst. With its ready availability in a broad range of sizes, citrine birthstone is one of the most affordable and desired yellow gemstones.Amethyst that’s typically heat treated to a citrine color is mined mostly in Brazil.


At 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness with good toughness, your citrine birthstone is usually durable enough for normal wear and care. It can be safely cleaned with warm, soapy water. While it is usually okay to clean your November birthstone in an ultrasonic machine, steam cleaning is risky since high heat could cause the stone to crack.