11. November Birthstones

11. November Birthstones
Citrine, a variety of quartz, is the traditional November birthstone. It's color can range anywhere from a pale yellow to a deep golden brown. The name Citrine comes from an old French word, "citron", meaning lemon. There are so many healing powers associated with this gem that you could call it a cure all.

Citrine has been said to aid many organs including the heart, liver, kidneys and digestive system. This yellow gem is also believed to be especially powerful for stimulating your brain, enhancing creativity and bolstering self-confidence. It is said that wearing Citrine will improve memory, make you feel more optimistic, and give you more energy in everything you do. The magnetic powers of Citrine are believed to relieve depression, fear, and give you confidence. Giving Citrine as a gift symbolizes wishes for hope and strength.

Yellow Topaz, which very closely resembles citrine in appearance, is the modern gemstone for those born in November. Topaz comes from the Greek word topazos, meaning a yellow colored stone. One of the oldest know gems in the world, Topaz's golden color was believed by the Egyptians to be the glow cast by the sun god Ra. Yellow Topaz ranges in color from a peachy blush to a deep cognac. I have read of various beliefs associated with this gem, for example, it is supposed to protect you from sudden death. My favorite one is that it symbolizes success because of its beauty and elegance. A gift of this gemstone is said to symbolize friendship and to strengthen one's capacity to give and receive love.

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