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Happy Birthday, Citrine!

Did you know that the name citrine comes from an old French word "citrin," which means lemon?

This cheerful stone’s colour ranges from pale yellow to yellowish orange and it's the perfect stone if you love fall colours.

oval citrine and diamond white gold necklace next to dry maple leaves

Let's take a look at some fun facts about this wonderful gem:

  • Citrine is a member of the quartz family along with amethyst

  • It is the top-selling yellow/orange gemstone

  • The largest citrine ever discovered weighs 2,258 carats and is displayed at the Smithsonian museum in Washington

  • Most citrine on the market is produced by the process of heat treating amethyst

  • The finest citrine colour is a reddish orange and shows no sign of brown tints

selection of large loose oval, cushion and emerald cut citrine on a white tray


The majority of citrine comes from Brazil, Bolivia, Madagascar, Mexico and Uruguay.


Citrine is fairly inexpensive and is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.

large emerald cut citrine and diamond halo white gold cocktail ring on a white background

Citrine is much more affordable than diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, aquamarine and alexandrite.

It is roughly the same price as amethyst, garnet and blue topaz.

Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable this gorgeous coloured stone really is.

selection of amethyst, citrine and clue topaz necklaces next to a pink flower

Citrine Birthstone

Citrine is also known for the following traits:

  • brings self-confidence and positive energy

  • help eliminate fears

  • brings good fortune and good luck

  • an effective shield against spite and jealousy

citrine november birthstone inforgraphic


Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?

Visit my previous post titled Beauty and Power to find out!


cushion citrine yellow gold drop earrings


In terms of hardness, citrine scores a 7 out of 10 on Moh's scale.

With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your citrine if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.

I wouldn't recommend it for an engagement ring but it makes a great option for "occasional wear" rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.

oval citrine yellow gold stud earrings


Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this gorgeous gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.


oval citrine and diamond halo yellow gold ring on a white background


Shopping for an engagement ring?

Check out these previous blog posts to help you choose the perfect one!


oval citrine and diamond white gold necklace hanging on a white candle next to a scarf and multi-coloured corn

Is citrine on your wishlist?

I would be delighted to hear about it!

To discuss your options, schedule a complementary, 30 minute connection call with me here

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