November is the month of Thanksgiving, but that isn’t the only thing to celebrate. For those who have birthdays in November, this month is even more special. Show loved ones born in November just how much you care with a gift featuring their birthstone. You can choose between topaz and citrine. Here’s what you need to know about these two beautiful stones.
Throughout history, topaz was known to be a yellow stone, and this golden variation is the November birthstone. Ancient Egyptians believed that yellow topaz received its golden hue from the Sun God, Ra. However, topaz can take on any color of the rainbow. Pure topaz is colorless, and its impurities cause it to reflect various colors. As you turn the stone, you may see several different colors within it. Topaz is believed to have calming properties, helping to regulate tempers, cure madness and even quell nightmares. In addition to being the birthstone for November, topaz is also the traditional gift for 4th, 19th and 23rd wedding anniversaries. Blue topaz is sometimes used as an alternative birthstone for December.
When compared to other gemstones, topaz is relatively inexpensive, making it affordable for just about anyone. Thanks to its broad spectrum of available colors, there is a topaz to suit virtually every personal style as well. With so many options, you are sure to find the perfect shade for the one you love.
Citrine is the second birthstone for November. This variation of quartz typically ranges from pale yellow to orange to brown. It is known for its healing properties and is believed to be able to ease negative emotions and boost creativity. It is also thought to attract prosperity and wealth, earning it the nickname, “The Merchant’s Stone.” Citrine is also a popular gift for 13th wedding anniversaries.
In the mid-18th century, mineralogists discovered that smoky quartz would take on a yellow hue when heated, greatly boosting citrine’s popularity and lowering its cost. Today, citrine is still one of the more affordable gemstones and one of the most popular. Naturally yellow citrine is relatively rare, so most of the gems you see on the market these days have been heat-treated to produce the honey tone.
Choosing Citrine or Topaz
Both of these birthstones are typically valued based on the same criteria as diamonds: cut, color, clarity, and carat. Of course, larger stones are worth more than their smaller counterparts, and clarity is prized over cloudiness or smokiness.
Here at Worthington Jewelers, we have a vast selection of gemstones, diamonds and jewelry pieces, and we welcome you to visit our shop to take a look. If you prefer to create something truly special, our designers will be happy to help you create custom jewelry. We’ll help you narrow down and refine your ideas to create the perfect gift for that special someone. Come and see us today to learn more about our custom jewelry design services.