November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Imperial Topaz and Citrine
Imperial Topaz and Citrine. Images Courtesy of American Gem Society

Thirty days has November…bringing with it more than thirty ways to wear the November birthstones topaz and citrine. Yes, the lucky women – and men – with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones. Let’s take a closer look, with a little help from our friends at the American Gem Society.

Topaz

Imperial Topaz, Diamond and Moonstone Pendant
Imperial Topaz, Diamond and Moonstone Pendant
Photo Courtesy of 1stDibs.com

In ancient times topaz was the name ascribed to all yellow gemstones. Today, although most often associated with yellow, topaz is available in a rainbow of colors. Topaz is often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), but quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species.

The most prized and sought-after color of topaz is called Imperial topaz, named after the Russian tsars of the 1800s who favored this color for their court jewelry. Imperial topaz features a vibrant orange body color with soft pinkish undertones.

Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and many popular tones of blue.

Citrine

Citrine, the other birthstone for November, is known as the “healing quartz.” This golden-hued gemstone is believed to bring vitality and health to the wearer, bestowing hope, energy and warmth.

Alexandra Mor Citrine Ring
Alexandra Mor Citrine and Diamond Ring
Photo Courtesy of Dorfman Jewelers

Citrine can be found in a wide range of shades — from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most accessible of all gemstones, plentiful in nature, and increasingly popular with fine jewelry designers.

November Birthday Girls

Are you celebrating a birthday in November? You’re in good company. Entertainment A-listers Emma Stone, Miranda Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams. Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Hyland and Kaley Cuoco are all members of the topaz-citrine club.

Imperial Topaz Ear Pendants by JAR
L-Imperial Topaz Ear Pendants by JAR, from the Ellen Barkin Auction at Christie’s. R- Actress Ellen Barkin. Photos Courtesy of Christies.com and Pinterest

Chances are we’ll see some of these stars on the Red Carpet wearing dazzling jewels in fall’s mellow colors. Birthstone or not, think about buying yourself a present – or dropping a big hint – to enjoy the golden glow of topaz and citrine jewelry this holiday season.

Click here to learn how to clean and care for your topaz and citrine jewelry.

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