Citrine: Jewelry’s Golden Child

Ahh November, 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. Citrine is the gemstone of November and is also used to celebrate a couple’s thirteenth wedding anniversary. With such a captivating color, the citrine gemstone knows how to stand out.

The Best Are From Brazil

Citrine is a variety of the mineral quartz. Its color ranges from golden-yellow to brownish-red, depending on where it’s from. The most favored and popular variation of citrine is a golden yellow. Darker colors, including medium golden-orange, often called Madeira citrine, are considered more rare, and therefore, more valuable. The name citrine comes from the citron fruit. In fact, citron actually means “yellow” in many different languages.

Natural citrine is rare, which plays into its price. Most natural citrine comes from the Rio Grande do Sol state in Southern Brazil, although it is found all over the world in places such as Spain, France and South Africa. Some jewelers will use a heat-treated version to have a more budget friendly option. This heat-treated option is created using amethyst, as the jewelers will heat-treat the amethyst to create the golden color of citrine. Natural citrine is very closely related to amethyst, which is why it is used to create the more budget friendly option.

But don’t think that this created citrine is any less beautiful. It’s not - and makes a beautiful jewelry choice for any occasion. Whether it’s natural citrine or created, 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.

A Perennially Popular Stone

Like us, the ancient Romans used citrine to decorate their jewelry. The citrine gemstone was very popular in the 19th century, and many jewelry pieces from the Victorian era (1830s to 1900) have featured natural citrine as the centerpiece for these works of art. Historically, citrine’s popularity trickled down to the 20th century as well. In the historical period between World Wars I and II, large citrines were the focal point of many massive and elaborate Art Deco-inspired jewelry pieces worn by glamorous Hollywood stars.

Citrine’s popularity didn’t stop there. Today, the citrine birthstone is still a favored choice for jewelry. 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.

The Gemstone of Success

Aside from all the positive attributes associated with November’s birthstone, citrine is also known as the “success stone” or “the merchant’s stone.” It is believed that citrine brings prosperity and abundance, especially in business. The citrine gemstone got the nickname “the merchant’s stone” because many businesses will keep citrine in their cash registers to bring them success and good fortune.

With its rich, golden hue, citrine is an eye-catching and elegant gemstone. It can be worn in both casual and formal settings, and 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 your look.

Is the golden-yellow citrine your birthstone? Shop the entire selection of citrine jewelry online at or view select styles at your local Zales retail store.