The birthstone for November is the Citrine. The warm, fiery colors that exude from this precious stone are off the Van Gogh painting of the sunflowers. The name originates from the French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon. It has been found in the palest of yellows to a dark amber. The dark amber citrine, is referred to as Madeira, because of its resemblance to the wine.
Since the beginning of time, man has dug within the earth to find useful tools for it’s survival. In these earlier times, there was a greater connection with the planet and its gifts and the cosmic world. With each advancement and achievement of the human species, we developed tools to dig deeper within the Earth’s crust. At one point we began to dig for treasures or sometimes they were come upon accidentally. With every unearthing of these treasures and gemstones, they were believed to emit a power to its discoverer. They were thought to offer healing and magical powers, strength or protection. Most of these treasures today represent the birthstones for each month of the year in the calendar we are familiar with today, the Gregorian or Western Calendar. As time went on, each stone was believed to represent a specific time or season of the year.
Citrine is a form of quartz and the sister of Amethyst. It is worn to keep evil thoughts from one’s thinking and ward against venomous snakes. It is also a symbol of strength and hope. It is considered to having medicinal qualities used to remedy kidney and urinary complications. Throughout time it has been extensively utilized to improve the function of ones heart and digestive system. The citrine has the power to remove toxins form the body and treat muscular disorders. The vibrant color and “fire” of the citrine has always been symbolic of healing in general, as fire represents power and strength.
Citrine is very scarce, which could be the reason that it is not mentioned until the first century B.C. The Romans were noted as the first to wear it, where they would fashion the stone into a style that is referred to, cabochon. For this style, the citrine first would be polished to a most brilliant shine and then the pieces of the unfaceted stone would be fashioned into their jewels. During the Romantic Period, artisans would utilize the warmth of the citrine to enhance the color gold jewelry.
The alternate birthstone for the month of November is the Topaz.
Here are some interesting facts for this gemstone:
-In Sanskrit, Topaz also means fire
-In the Middle Ages, it healed mental and physical disorders and warded against death
-Romans used it to improve eyesight
-The Greeks believed Topaz to contain the power to make one invisible and increase their strength.
-The most famous of all Topaz is actually colorless, and originally thought to be a diamond. It measures in at 1,680 carats and is named the “Braganza Diamond” that is set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels
Other Symbols of November:
November Birth Flower:
The Chrysanthemum. It is a symbol for compassion, secret love and friendship. In Asia, the chrysanthemum is recognized as one of the most honored of flowers. In Japan they are traditionally exchanged between friends, symbolizing an invaluable friendship, resembling the virtue shared between the pair.
November Birth Tree:
Chestnut Tree and the Ash Tree
Famous People born in November:
Bruce Lee- November 27, 1940
Ryan Gosling- November 12, 1980
David Schwimmer- November 2, 1966
Richard Burton- November 10, 1925
Charles Bronson- November 3, 1921
Bo Derek- November 20, 1956
Scarlett Johansson- November 22, 1984
Rachel McAdams- November 17, 1978
Neil Young- November 12, 1945
Bjork- November 21, 1965