Crystals and Healing Q and A

Questions and Answers about crystal meanings, stones, Reiki, other crystal or energy healing, metaphysical, and spiritual topics by Robyn Harton and related miscellanea.

Are Yellow Topaz and Citrine The Same?

QUESTION: Is a yellow citrine the same thing as a yellow topaz? If not then how different?  My birthstone is the yellow topaz.

MY ANSWER: They are completely different stones. Citrine is a yellow quartz. Yellow topaz is a topaz that is yellow as opposed to any of the other topaz colors.

I think the confusion may come from the fact that yellow (or golden) topaz and citrine are both modern birthstones for November. The relationship between the two is the color, with both being shades of yellow or yellow-gold. It's also worth noting as far as birthstones are concerned that topaz is the old traditional birthstone for November, and may be a variety of colors. You can find more on birthstones here.

Citrine Crystal

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