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Autumn Crystallized: The Golden Citrine

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We’ve fully transitioned from the bright, vibrant hues of summer to the golden yellows and earthy browns of autumn—and while the temperatures here in Cincinnati are quickly dropping, it’s easy to warm up your look with touches from one of November’s birthstones: The citrine.

A radiant gem that perfectly captures the essence of autumn, the golden citrine has been beloved for centuries for its warm, rich hues and its historical association with good luck and prosperity. In fact, it’s said that the ancient Greeks associated the stone with Helios, the god of the sun, and would wear citrines to promote optimism, creativity, and abundance.

But that’s not the only reason to love this month’s birthstone; at Sindur Fine & Antique Jewelry, we’re particularly fond of the citrine for its versatility. The warm, captivating glow of a citrine can complement both silver and gold settings, and the gem looks equally at home in a dramatic statement ring or a pair of delicate drop earrings. Even better? The stone’s durability makes it ideal for everyday wear. 

Want to learn more about the gem that looks like crystallized autumn? Read on.  

Shades of Gold:

The citrine comes in a diverse array of colors, ranging from pale yellow to a tawny orange; its color comes from the trace amounts of iron within the crystal structure. The most sought-after shade is an earthy and golden brownish-orange.  

Turn Up the Heat:

Citrines are part of the quartz family, similar to amethyst—but naturally-occurring citrines are a rare find. Most of the commercially available citrines found in jewelry stores are heat-treated to enhance their color. Amethyst and smoky quartz, for example, can be heated to produce citrine’s signature golden hues. 

Citrus-y Inspiration:

The name “citrine” traces its roots to the Latin word “citrinus,” which means “lemon yellow.” Definitely a fitting name for this gem’s radiant color!

Lucky Thirteen:

Along with being one of the designated birthstones for November, the citrine is used to commemorate the 13th wedding anniversary. (Bonus fact: the other November birthstone is the topaz!)

Money Maker:

The citrine was often referred to as the “merchant’s stone” or “money stone”, due to an old superstition that owning or wearing the gem would bring prosperity and abundance. 


It’s hard not to fall in love with the warm, sunny aura of the citrine, and we’re confident that this stone will maintain its popularity due to its enduring beauty and symbolism. If you’re looking to incorporate the autumnal hues of November’s birthstone into your wardrobe, be sure to check out some of our current favorites in stock—like this elegant bezel-set citrine pendant  and this stunning Art Deco cocktail ring. 

Or if you’d rather create a custom citrine piece, we’d love to help—anything you dream up, we can bring to life.