For those celebrating birthdays in November, the only month with more than one birthstone, the versatile beauty of topaz and the earth-toned hues of citrine hold a special significance. Both gems are designated as official birthstones of November. There’s no denying their exquisite appearance, but there’s more to these striking gems than meets the eye. Deeply rooted in history and legend, these stones continue to serve as meaningful symbols today, and are widely popular jewelry enhancements.
Deriving its name from the French word for lemon, citrine is the most valuable type of quartz gemstone, ranging in color from pure yellow (the most desirable and valuable) to a brownish shade. When found in nature, citrine is usually an amber color. A majority of naturally occurring citrine is found in Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, and the United States, although most commercially sold citrine is manufactured from hybrids of other stones.
In ancient times, citrine was believed to shield the wearer from evil, often worn as a talisman during times of war. Legend also held that the stone made the wearer immune to a snake’s venom. Today, many regard citrine as a source of serenity and mental clarity.
Found in a wide array of colors, topaz is one of the most versatile gemstones, making it ideal for use in fine jewelry. In its purest form, topaz is clear, but it most often contains variations of yellow, green, blue, pink, and grey. The rarest shades are red and pink, which command the highest market value. Most commercially sold topaz has been treated with heat to bring out the natural hues of the stone.
In the Middle Ages, all yellow gemstones were referred to as topaz, but today the name is exclusive to the silicate mineral formed from aluminum and fluorine. Natural topaz is mined primarily in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The stone can be found in large, crystallized deposits weighing up to several hundred pounds.
Many believe that topaz gemstones help reduce levels of stress and anxiety, promote relaxation and tranquility, and improve overall health and well-being. In addition to serving as one of November’s birthstones, topaz is also the commemorative stone for the 4th wedding anniversary.
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Need a unique gift idea for a November birthday? At Brilliance, we’re proud to offer an exquisite collection of citrine and topaz jewelry.