November Alternative Birthstone
One of the many members of the quartz family, citrine, like amethyst, gets its striking yellow hue from traces of iron. It derives its name from its lemon-yellow color. Natural citrines are usually a pale yellow, and most commercial citrines are actually heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Metaphysically, citrine is known as the “merchant’s stone” or “money stone,” and is said to bring prosperity. Deposits are found in Brazil, Madagascar, USA, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rutile-included quartz, aka rutilated quartz, features impressive needle-like crystals within quartz. Rutile is a form of titanium oxide that creates slender, prismatic crystals, both alone and as inclusions within other minerals including quartz, ruby, and sapphire. Rutile commonly ranges in color from pale golden yellow to red to brown. Most of our rutilated quartz comes from