November often signals the beginning of the holiday season. It brings us Thanksgiving with delicious food, friends, and family. Quickly followed by December holiday shopping, decorating, and celebrations.
Not to be forgotten in the activity are November birthdays. This month is graced with two lovely birthstones – the Topaz and Citrine.
Topaz And Citrine | November Gems
When we think of November, visions of fall leaves and pumpkins come to mind. Colors range from red to orange to yellow. Yet, November is graced with the Topaz as its birthstone. Topaz is an interesting gem because its color ranges from warm, glowing yellows to light, icy blues. It comes in a range of colors reflecting the rainbow. Not to be confused with other yellow gems, such as Citrine, Topaz is a completely different mineral and unrelated to other gemstones.
Though blue Topaz was rare at one time, it is now the most common. This is due to advances in heat processes that enhance and deepen the blue color.
It is a hard gemstone but can split in two when struck sharply. Diamonds are similar in this way and require protection.
According to the ATG site, ancient Egyptians believed the natural Topaz was tinted with the glow of their sun-god. The Greeks believed the stone had the ability to increase strength and make the owner invisible. It seems silly now but these deep beliefs create a want to discover and have the Topaz.
The gift of blue Topaz represents love, trust, and success. While a yellow Topaz represents confidence, power, and stamina.
Topaz is found in Brazil, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Africa, and China.
Citrine | November Birthstone
November’s second birthstone is the golden, glowing Citrine. It is the traditional birthstone for November.
The Citrine has a glowing, sunny yellow quality to it that is different from the smokey, cognac color of Topaz. Unlike some gemstones, Citrine quartz is plentiful and easily obtained. However, natural Citrine is rare and difficult to find. It has a color range within the yellow spectrum from pastel yellow to dark orange.
The name Citrine is derived from the French word for lemon “citron” because of its beautiful yellow color. Some believe it is the stone of success, abundance, and thinking.
Often confused for golden Topaz, some are disappointed to find they do not have a gold Topaz but the yellow quartz Citrine.
Either way, Citrine is a stunning stone to add to any jewelry piece.