November Birthstone Story

November is the month of Thanksgiving and warm fall colors. To represent this month, November's birthstone is a radiant golden yellow – the perfect color for fall. With such a captivating color, the unique citrine gemstone stands out. Learn more about the November birthstone including the origin, care suggestions and the best options for wearing citrine gemstone jewelry.

What is the November Birthstone?

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

Citrine Birthstone History

Like us, the ancient Romans loved to use the citrine in jewelry styles. The citrine gemstone was also popular in the 19th century. Many jewelry pieces from the Victorian era feature natural citrine as the centerpiece for these works of art.

Historically, citrine's popularity continued on into the 20th century. In the Art Deco Era, citrine featured in many elaborate jewelry pieces worn by glamorous Hollywood stars. To keep up this tradition, you can even find vintage inspired citrine rings at Zales.

Along with being the November Birthstone, people use the citrine to celebrate a couple's 13th wedding anniversary.

Citrine Birthstone Origin

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 to have a more budget-friendly option. This heat-treated option uses amethyst, as the jewelers will heat-treat the amethyst to create the golden color of citrine. Natural citrine is related 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 jewelry 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 color and shine.

November Birthstone Meaning

Citrine is said to carry the powers of the sun and bring the physical body energy. In addition to energy, the citrine gemstone is known 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 the "success stone" or "the merchant's stone." The citrine brings 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.

November Birthstone Care

The Mohs hardness scale shows how easily a gemstone could be scratched or damaged. The November birthstone is a seven on the Mohs scale which means it has good toughness and is suitable for all jewelry types.

Even though the citrine birthstone is a 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 jewelry.

To clean your November birthstone, place the jewelry 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 jewelry because it can scratch other, less tough jewelry.

Shop Citrine November Birthstones

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

Shop the entire selection of citrine jewelry online at Zales.com or view select styles at your local Zales retail store.