Citrine & Precious Topaz -- November's Birthstones November 01 2015

Citrine and precious topaz are this month's birthstones. Citrine, is known as the "healing quartz" , while orange topaz or precious topaz is known as the symbol of friendship.

18K Yellow Gold 7.04 ct Citrine & Champagne Diamond Ring

 

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Citrine

Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown due to ferric impurities. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. However, a heat-treated amethyst will have small lines in the crystal, as opposed to a natural citrine's cloudy or smokey appearance. It is nearly impossible to tell cut citrine from yellow topaz visually, but they differ in hardness. Brazil is the leading producer of citrine, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron." Sometimes citrine and amethyst can be found together in the same crystal, which is then referred to as ametrine.