tarting with its two birthstones.

That’s right, like October with its enchanting opal and radiant tourmaline, November is yet another month with two gemstones to choose from. We’re going to illuminate the first of this gorgeous pair, the luminous citrine, discovering its various properties as well as seeing how you can incorporate into your jewellery collection.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or for a beautiful gift for a November baby, here’s what you should know about the stunning citrine.

A quartz by any other name 

The citrine is part of the quartz family, presenting itself in a warm golden-yellow hue, reminiscent of the citrus fruit from whence it got its name. One of the most popular yellow-coloured gemstones sold in the world today, citrines can range from a pale lemon to a rich, almost amber colouring thanks to a trace of iron in its mineral makeup.

However, this hue is hardly natural, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Due to golden citrines being relatively rare, most of the examples you see today are the result of an ingenious heat treatment technique, which transforms the lilac of amethysts into the alluring citrine.

It’s due to this warm colouration that the citrine has been often muddled up with topaz, November’s other birthstone, even though the American Gem Society (AGS) explains that they are completely different jewels.


Citrine’s properties

The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) notes that the citrine has a relatively high rating of 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, just like the rest of its quartz family, meaning that you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged from small knocks due to general wear and tear.

Like any other gemstone, the citrine is said to be imbued with its own unique properties, with the AGS reporting that the stone is associated with healing, as well as nurturing vitality and warmth for the lucky wearer.

The citrine is also the commemorative gemstone for a 13th anniversary, notes the GIA, so whether you’re approaching this special date in your relationship or you know a wonderful November baby, citrine jewellery makes for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

How can I wear citrine jewellery?

Here at Showcase, we’re excited to offer our customers a selection of Karen Walker’s imaginative jewellery range, including this wonderful owl ring, featuring citrine as well as May’s birthstone of emerald.

What makes citrine truly a great addition to your collection is that its golden hue is almost universally flattering on a range of skin tones, complementing warmer or darker complexions as well as brightening fair ones.

Citrine looks equally as radiant set in either gold or cool-toned metals, but has a special glint to it when matched with either white gold or sterling silver.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into the world of citrine! Make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming feature on the second November birthstone of topaz, and take a look back through our previous birthstone articles here to read up on May to October.