Citrine is November's Birthstone
Yellow Topaz Citrine is the birthstone for November and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the 13th year of marriage. Its name comes from an old French word for lemon -- "citrin".
A variety of quartz and the "sister stone" to the purple variety known as Amethyst, citrine comes in a wide range of colors. Some believe that some citrine may have actually begun as amethyst, but that nearby molten rock changed it to the yellow form of quartz. Mined mainly in Brazil, but also found in Bolivia, citrines come in vivid yellows and oranges, and also the unusual and extremely popular "madeira red." (Citrines that are pale yellow or yellowish-brown are often mistaken for yellow or golden topaz.) Natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.
Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers. People carried citrine as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts. It was also used as a charm against the bites of snakes and other venomous reptiles.
Birthstone Properties: Increases creativity and feelings of joy. Citrine gives Vitality (the get-up-and-go we all need to accomplish tasks), helps strengthen stomach muscles, helps with digestive and eating disorders/issues, and helps clear out bile from the system. It also keeps the neuro-pathways active and healthy.
Additionally, Citrine has been known to block free-radicals and other harmful energies (especially stressful energies and technology off-throw energies).