Citrine is the traditional birthstone for November. (The alternate is yellow topaz.)
A variety of quartz, citrine was often confused with topaz in the days before modern gemology. A trace of iron in citrine's structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color, and its crystals occur in a wide range of sizes.
In its golden form, the gemstone was revered by the ancients as a gift from the sun. They believed citrine had the power to disperse depression and anger, and that it was an antidote to the viper's venom.
Legend states that if a man wears the gemstone he is thought to become more striking and intellectual. For women, it is said to make her fertile, happy, and contented.
Folklore suggests that citrine alleviates nocturnal fears, while healers believe that citrine aids in removing toxins from the body. It is helpful for healing the heart, kidneys, and liver.