Citrine History & Lore
Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November, sharing the title
with topaz. In fact, the citrine stone has been used to imitate topaz
and was once called Brazilian topaz. Citrine is also the gemstone that
celebrates the 13th anniversary of marriage. Citrine is named after the
French word Citrin, meaning lemon. The color of citrine ranges from
straw and sun yellow to clay orange, to deep, wine colored Madeira red.
In the past, the Madeira colored stones were the most valuable, but
today, the more vivid yellows and oranges are the most popular. Natural
bright yellow citrine is the most rare of the quartz varieties.
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