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November Birthstone - Citrine

Citrine is the November birthstone. Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz. The name citrine is from the French word citron which means lemon. Citrine looks very similar to topaz but is actually a softer gem and has less brilliance. In ancient times it was thought that citrine protected the wearer against evil words and thoughts.

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Citrine can be yellow, gold, orange brown. Citrine can be next to amethyst and form crystals. The bi-colored quartz is called ametrine. Natural, not enhanced, citrine is rarer than amethyst. Amethyst and smoky quartz can both be enhanced by heat to turn a yellow color.

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