Welcome to this month’s birthstone feature! Today we’re celebrating the November birthdays, those sweet fall days filled with frosty mornings that melt into gusty, sunshine-drenched afternoons reminiscent of the glow in this month’s stone, citrine.
November’s traditional birthstone is topaz, which is available in a range of colors. Topaz’s traditional shade is golden, much like the honey glow of the month’s more affordable alternative birthstone, citrine, but it can also occur in pink, red, purple and blue hues. I used the alternative stone in this month’s birthstone project after falling in love with the color and texture of this natural citrine pendant.
I combined the citrine in my necklace with white howlite for a necklace that stands out beautifully against the darker, warmer colors of my fall wardrobe. I love how the leaf pendant layers well with the large citrine nugget. When choosing a natural pendant nugget like this one to layer, make sure to find one that will lay flat on one side against the leaf pendant.
One interesting bit of folklore I found about citrine is that it is said that the gift of a citrine angel or sphere to a newborn brings intelligence, health, happiness, curiosity, confidence, and healing wisdom.
So, enjoy this beautiful golden member of the quartz family in your jewelry. I love the glow and light that radiates from it, whether in a polished nugget, chip, or large crystal point form.
Thanks for visiting our blog this month! I’ll be back next month with a feature about the December birthstone nearly everyone loves: turquoise! Until then, happy beading! Here are a few links to projects featuring November’s golden beauty.