November Birthstone - What is it?
What is the November birthstone? Birthstones have become an integral part of contemporary society and are a great choice for a birthday gift. Although most months have only one birthstone, November is one of the lucky few that has two – topaz & citrine.
November Birthstone Colour
November’s birthstone colour is historically golden yellow and it is these hues that are typical of yellow topaz and citirine. The popularity of birthstones and the rarity of yellow topaz means that citrine has become a more favourable and affordable choice of stone for yellow birthstone jewellery.
Blue topaz on the other hand offers a striking yet affordable alternative to yellow topaz. Whether you choose tremendous topaz or calming citirine, these two gemstones both offer beauty and sentiment.
First ‘discovered’ thousands of years ago by the Romans, the name topaz derives from ‘topazios’ – the ancient Greek name for St Johns Island in the Red Sea where it was once thought that topaz originated.
Topaz stones however originate from Germany and can now be sourced worldwide. It is the very similar peridot that was once mistaken for topaz.
Historically, all topaz was thought to be yellow and all yellow gemstones thought to be topaz.
Pure topaz however is colourless whilst treated topaz displays varying tones of striking blue.
Although November’s birthstone colour is golden yellow, blue topaz is more widely available and as a result is a popular alternative choice to yellow topaz.
Swiss blue topaz and London blue topaz are the two main and most commonly known varieties of topaz used in jewellery settings.
Measuring 8 on the mohs scale, topaz is an exceedingly solid stone making it extremely durable and ideal for everyday wear.
Known as the stone of the sun, citrine was discovered by the Egyptians who first used the stone as talismans.
A yellow variety of quartz, the name citrine derives from the old French word for lemon. A golden gemstone, citrine tones range from luscious lemon yellow to amiable amber.
Citrine’s sharp resemblance to yellow topaz means that these two stones share a history of mistaken identity and are both thought to carry similar healing powers.
A modern choice of stone due to it’s striking appearance and affordability and a popular decorative gemstone since ancient times, citrine is a lovely choice of stone to brighten up the day.
November Birthstone Jewellery
Topaz and citrine are both known to have calming energies and are best styled with an outfit displaying earthy tones.
Here we’ve picked our top November birthstone pieces that are sleek, stylish and sentimental.
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