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November birthstone

November Birthstone

If you were born in November, you are lucky.  If you’re celebrating your 14th Anniversary, you’re lucky too You can choose from not just one November birthstone, but two:   Citrine and Topaz.

The warm color of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange imperial Topaz color but it is found in a variety of rich colors like blue, pink and yellow. Because the citrine and topaz are so close in appearance often they are substituted. This is the result of the Citrine not easily available. Hence we recommend the topaz, especially the blue topaz, which is equally as beautiful.

The blue topaz: second November birthstone, but first in our hearts. 

If you’re like we are, the lore and history of a stone always interests us. Did you know the ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength? In Europe during the Renaissance (the period from the 1300s to the 1600s) people thought that topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. And there’s more.

For centuries, many people in India have believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence. Wow! Who knew.

The name for imperial topaz originated in nineteenth-century Russia. At the time, the Ural Mountains were topaz’s leading source, and the pink gemstone mined there was named to honor the Russian czar. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the royal family. That’s no longer true. We can all wear the topaz.

Today, topaz is one of the birthstones considered for November. The other is citrine quartz.

The Citrine

Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of amethyst. Because it is rare, sometimes topaz and yellow sapphire are used in its place.

To learn everything you need to know about citrine and all birthstones, here’s a link the the Gemological Society’s fact page. What you will discover is this is a gorgeous stone, with unrivaled clarity and beautiful color as well as being able to be cut into unusual shapes.

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