TANZANITE: December Birthstone
The alternate birthstone for November is as warm a color as a
Van Gogh painting of sunflowers…
A crystalline variety of quartz, its name is derived from the French word ‘citron’ meaning lemon, and offers a color palette encompassing the palest yellow to dark amber, named Madeira, because of its resemblance to the popular Portuguese wine which was a popular variety throughout the Victorian era, but often referred to incorrectly as topaz.
Mined primarily in Brazil, citrine is also found in Madagascar, Uruguay, Spain and Hungary. The gemstone with the bright sunshine color was worn in ancient times as a talisman to protect against all kinds of evil thoughts, as well as against snake venom.
Also known as the ‘healing’ quartz’, citrine is believed to increase vitality and happiness by virtue of its bright and joyful sunshine color.