Birthstones - Brilliant Jewelers

Citrine is the birthstone of November & anniversary gemstone for the 13th year of marriage.


Citrine is one of the most affordable gemstones, thanks to the durability and availability of this golden quartz. Named from the French name for lemon, "citron," many citrines have a juicy lemon color. Citrine includes yellow to gold to orange brown shades of transparent quartz. Sunny and affordable, citrine can brighten almost any jewelry style, blending especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold.

In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Although the darker, orange colors of citrine, sometimes called Madeira citrine after the color of the wine, has generally been the most valued color, in modern times, many people prefer the bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colors.

Citrine is generally more inexpensive than amethyst and is also available in a wide range of calibrated sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. Most citrine is mined in Brazil. Supply of citrine is good from the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, particularly from the Serra mine, which is producing 300 kilos a month of hammered goods. The Ira’ mine produces an additional 100 kilos a month of hammered goods.

Sometimes you will hear citrine referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference to the color, which is sometimes similar to the color of topaz. Since topaz is a separate mineral, this type of name can be confusing and should not be used.

Since most citrine on the market started its life as an amethyst which was heated to turn its color to gold, citrine jewelry, as well as amethyst jewelry, should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat. With this precaution, citrine jewelry will last for many generations.

Stone Lore

Citrine is a variety of the mineral quartz. Most citrines are heat treated amethysts or smoky quartz. Natural citrines (unenhanced) are mostly pale lemon-yellow color. The name citrine is derived from the French word "citron", which means lemon. Citrines are found primarily in Brazil. They are available in a pale yellow, to gold, to Madeira, which is orange to brownish orange.

Called “The Merchant's Stone” for its properties of increase in the cashbox, sparkling yellow Citrine not only assists in acquiring wealth, but helps in maintaining it. Citrine is a stone of abundance and manifestation, attracting wealth and prosperity, success and all things good. It stimulates mental power and helps to focus.

Citrine activates both, mind and body. It brings happiness, joy, and positivity in life by eliminating negative energies. Citrine cleanses the chakras and opens the intuition. Citrine attracts wealth, prosperity and success. It imparts wonder, joy, delight and enthusiasm. Citrine raises self-esteem and self-confidence.

 White Topaz*
 Lapis Lazuli*

* alternative birthstones