Topaz and Citrine provide beautiful, warm and fiery colors for November birthstones.
If you are looking for a gem that is symbolic of love and affection, precious topaz fits the bill. This is an very rare and valued gemstone. Topaz is available in a rainbow of colors, from honey yellows, pink, and red to blue and green. Current gemstones are often enhanced with the brilliance of topaz. The most prized color is called Imperial topaz which is a peachy pink hue. Imperial topaz was used in the crowns of the Russian Czarinas. Topaz is primarily mined in Brazil.
There are multiple opinions on the naming origin for topaz. Most think the name topaz comes from “Topazios” a Greek name for an island in the Red Sea where peridot was once mined and confused with topaz. Other scholars believe the name traces back to the Sanskrit word "topas" or "tapaz" which means fire. Topaz has a rich history of supposed powers and benefits for the wearer of this gemstone. Ancient Greeks believed topaz could impart strength while during the European Renaissance it was believed topaz could break magic spells.
Citrine is a rare gemstone in nature that comes in many shades ranging from a brilliant saturated yellow to vibrant reddish orange. Citrines are the most popular yellow hued gemstone in the jewelry market. Citrines are associated with powers of improving health and increasing hope and energy of its wearers.
Citrine is a durable gem because they are a type of quartz. Citrine is mined in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain. This November birthstone is also used to commemorate the 13th anniversary.