November Birthstone (Topaz & Citrine)

Did you know there is more than one November birthstone? The stones attributed to those born in the month of November are the Topaz and Citrine.

  21.99CT Precious Imperial Topaz set in 18 Karat White Gold, accented with White Diamonds and Orange Sapphires. 

21.99CT Precious Imperial Topaz set in 18 Karat White Gold, accented with White Diamonds and Orange Sapphires. 

Found on an island in the Mediterranean called Topazios in ancient times, the fiery topaz was thought to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger.  Topaz is called “the stone of strength” and is often mistaken as Citrine - since the two gems are alike in color- but not in size or form.

The rarest of topaz colors are orange, red and pink and the traditional blue. The finest Topaz is called Imperial Topaz and is named for the Russian Czars of the 1800’s. Imperial Topaz possess’ a magnificent orange color with pink hues.  

  18 Karat White Gold and 6 CT Citrine Ring, accented with 1.08 CT White Diamonds

18 Karat White Gold and 6 CT Citrine Ring, accented with 1.08 CT White Diamonds

Citrine is known as the "healing quartz". This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. The finest citrine gemstones have a pure yellow color that cannot be duplicated by golden topaz, which will always have hues of orange or brown to darken the gem.

   The gems in Hans Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII are most certainly golden brown topazes, as no other gem in that color was considered suitable for royalty at the time.

The gems in Hans Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII are most certainly golden brown topazes, as no other gem in that color was considered suitable for royalty at the time.