Those of us that were born in November are lucky to have two beautiful birthstones: topaz and citrine.
These two gemstones share a dazzling shine and often a similar earthy hue, and are perfect for lighting up chilly November days.
This diverse gemstone was historically believed to be the only yellow gemstone, even though it actually comes in a wide variety of colours. Traditional topaz is a rich, deep amber yellow that bears a striking resemblance to the autumn leaves in November. Topaz can also be found in brilliant bright blues, soft champagne tones, deep oranges, or simply clear. The most valuable form of topaz is known as Imperial Topaz, which has a red-orange hue with pink undertones (much like a sunset).
Topaz is best known as a symbol of love and affection. It was believed that topaz brought intelligence, strength, longevity, and calmness to its wearers in ancient times. It has maintained popularity for centuries, from the ancient Egyptians wearing topaz to represent the sun god Ra to medieval kings adorning their breastplates with this gorgeous gem. Today it’s especially popular in its stunning blue form.
A member of the quartz family, this pretty gem is named after its intense yellow hues (citron means lemon in French). Citrine’s colour spectrum ranges from pale yellow to dark amber but is best known for its honey-like shades. If your favourite colour is yellow, then Citrine is the gemstone for you!
Citrine is sometimes called ‘the light maker’ of gems. It represents vitality, energy, and good health. It’s used in Feng Shui to create wealth and prosperity. Citrine is also known as a healing crystal, especially for the circulatory system and vital organs. Even if you only want to use Citrine for decoration, the lovely warm hue will definitely liven up your day.
With the holidays coming up, birthstone jewelry is an easy and thoughtful gift that the November babies in your life will be sure to love. Whether you choose Topaz or Citrine, you’ll be bound to find the birthday girl’s favourite colour.