All about November Birthstone with James Allen’s tips

Citrine, the November birthstone, is one of the top-selling yellow gemstones. Here’s why.

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If you’re a lover of citrus fruit and earth tones in general, you’re in for a real treat with this month’s birthstone. Introducing citrine, the vitamin C of gemstones. Citrine gets its succulent-sounding name from its lemon-yellow coloration.

Wearers of the November birthstone are said to experience enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity, as well as a decrease in negative energy. It’s also thought to aid in healing the physical self.

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November Birthstone: Sweet Citrines Are Made of This

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Citrine Diamond Huggie Earrings

Like amethyst, citrine is a variety of quartz – one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust. Its yellow-to-orange hues are caused by trace amounts of iron in its crystal structure.

Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on any of this!

November Birthstone: Few and Far Citrine

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Citrine And Diamond Necklace
Emerald-Cut Citrine and Diamond Necklace

Given the abundance and variety of quartz, you’d be forgiven for thinking that citrine, too, is a common gemstone. However, natural yellow citrine is actually quite rare.

Nevertheless, the November birthstone is relatively affordable, so you can get a much larger, more ornate stone for your dollar. Citrine’s value is not determined by size, but rather by the intensity of color. The more intense the color, the more expensive the stone.

Pro tip: Citrine is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz, which has a similar appearance. Make sure you’re not overpaying for citrine mislabeled as topaz.

November Birthstone: Celebs and Citrine

18K Yellow Gold Octogan Citrine And Diamond Ring
Octogan Citrine and Diamond Ring

Kate Middleton may officially go by The Duchess of Cambridge, but we know her simply as the Queen of Citrine. Her ring is estimated to be around five to seven carats, yet surprisingly light on the purse strings.

Another celeb to say Hello to the November birthstone is Adele. The Grammy Award winner swears by citrine and won’t perform without it. She goes so far as to attribute the success of her live shows to the crystal’s supposed powers.

November Birthstone: A Citrine Come True

Do you dream of citrine? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Check out our previous guides: January garnets, February amethysts, March aquamarines, April diamonds, May emeralds, July rubies.

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Diamond Engagement Ring Event NYC

Getting Psyched for #DiamondDay with Whitney Port

Diamond Engagement Ring Event NYC Whitney Port

Is it just me, or do the holidays get anyone else in the mood to be surrounded by romance and sparkle? Maybe it’s the bright snowflakes that make me crave some holiday shine…

Take a break from your holiday shopping and come celebrate sparkle with us this season in the city that never sleeps.

James Allen proudly announces:

#DiamondDay in NYC

Ladies, whether you’re dreaming of ‘I do’ or you just want to check out some of our latest engagement ring styles and relish in the joy that is manis and mini wedding cakes, you’re in for a treat.

Guys, not to worry – we’ve got you covered too. You can sit back, relax, and get your shoes shined while drinking coffee and getting expert advice from our James Allen execs on designing her dream ring.

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Who: James Allen, your favorite online diamond and bridal retailer, with special celebrity guest Whitney Port, TV personality, fashion designer and former star of The Hills and The City!

What: A special holiday pop-up event full of pamper and sparkle, a nine-foot-tall diamond ring installation and a $25,000 3 carat diamond ring giveaway!

Where: The Shops at Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor, New York City

When: Thursday, December 10th, from 10AM to 7PM

How: Just show up!

Why: Because everyone deserves some holiday sparkle!

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Before the Event, make sure to enter our #JAVIP Facebook Contest

Enter our Facebook contest for the chance to be a #JAVIP and meet Whitney Port in person!

10 lucky winners will be able to explore our space before it opens to the public and takes a selfie with Whitney Port! The winners will also be able to get a special diamond nail jewel manicure and a shoe shine for the guys, in addition to enjoying everything else our pop-up event has to offer (see below)!

The Lowdown:

• The event will be open to anyone and everyone, but make sure to get there early so you can enjoy all of the treats!
• Hear Whitney Port welcome you in person! (Make sure to get there by 10 AM so you won’t miss her.)
• Munch on our delicious mini wedding cakes and sip coffee while admiring our nine-foot-tall diamond ring installation at our Carat Café while… yum!
• Guys, give your shoes a makeover at our shoe shine station
• Ladies, pamper yourself at one of our manicure stations!
• Take a fun picture old-school style, in our photo booth.
• Event attendees can enter our diamond giveaway for the chance to win a $25,000 3 carat diamond!
• Explore our stunning ring styles with the help of James Allen Schultz himself on a large touch screen, and learn how to design your own dream ring.
• Enjoy 25% off (not including loose diamonds or gemstones and cannot be combined with any other offer).

See you there!!!

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