November Birthstones – Topaz and Citrine

Would you like to learn all about the November Birthstones?  We created several educational videos about Topaz and Citrine for you and posted them on our YouTube site and in our Gem Plus educational center.

Click here to watch our November Birthstone videos on our site just look under Gem Facts for the Topaz video, or under Ask a Stylist for the November Birthstone. Plus there is more information on Citrine in GemU under Lesson Three – Quartz! We have some fun facts on citrine for you below.

November Birthstone: Citrine is the second birthstone for the month

Color: A member of the quartz family this stone color ranges from pale yellow to brown. The name comes from the French word for lemon – citron.

Origins: Deposits of this stone are found in Brazil, Bolivia, Russia, Spain, France, Madagascar and the United States.

Fun Facts:

  • Citrine was used as a gemstone in Greece as far back as 300 B.C., carried as protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
  • This yellow stone is also believed to make its wearer lighthearted, and provides protection from fear, anger and promotes creativity.
  • Another name for citrine is the “merchant stone,” this is because it attracts prosperity and success.
  • It was used as a gemstone in Greece as far back as 300 B.C.

Hardness: 7.0

Care: Citrine may fade if exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time, so don’t wear one while sunbathing or while using a tanning bed. While relatively harder than most gemstones citrine owners should avoid sharp blows to their stones. Use any commercial jewelry cleaner or plain soap and water and a soft toothbrush to clean. Be sure to thoroughly rinse and dry all your jewelry after cleansing.

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