The November birthstone citrine comes in colors of citrus fruits, ranging from the deep reddish-orange of a ruby grapefruit to pale or saturated lemon yellows. In fact, the name citrine is derived from the French word “citron,” which means “lemon.” Both citrine and topaz are birthstones for November, but citrine, like all members of the large quartz family, is more readily available and affordable — including very large-size stones used in “statement” rings, earrings, and pendants.
Wearing citrine’s sunny colors is like adding a dose of vitamins C&D to your fall jewelry wardrobe. As November’s days darken, the warm tones of citrine can bring a natural radiance to the complexion, while complementing fall fashions and fabrics of reds, browns, and tweeds.
Citrine looks striking when set in classic yellow gold, and more contemporary in white gold or platinum. Some of today’s most popular fine jewelry designers are mixing citrine with amethyst, topaz, peridot, and tourmaline.
So buy yourself something in the November birthstone citrine…or put it on your birthday or holiday wish list. And remember, if life hands you lemons just think of luscious, lemony citrines. They will help bring a sunny glow to the chilly days and nights ahead.
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