Citrine is a member of the quartz family that ranges in color from light yellow to a very deep root beer (Madeira) color. Because of its abundance, there are plenty of fairly large, clear stones available for jewelry. Clarity and a rich yellow color are keys to look for in a citrine. It has some of the same characteristics as amethyst, such as alternating bands of lighter and darker color, but these bands are harder to see in citrine. Citrine often comes from Brazil.
Citrine is a cheerful gem. Its powers were said to include making its wearer lighthearted, bringing cheerfulness in tough times and offering hope. It was also believed to help relax people and expel impurities from the body. People who wore citrine could expect to look healthy and feel happy.
Citrine is the birthstone for November.
||Pale yellow to golden amber
||A counterpart to amethyst, citrine is quartz with iron. It has a Mohs' hardness rating of 7 and wears quite well.