November Birthstone - Citrine
I am Citrine, daughter of Amethyst. Deep in the heart of a primordial jungle, as my mother cradled me in her arms, the sun’s brilliant rays kissed my face and bestowed on me an aura of golden radiance. Gaze upon my sunny glow and I will banish thoughts of evil from your mind. Wear me as a talisman and I will protect you from the venomous bite of the serpent. At all times, my energy will focus your mind, emotions and intuition into singular harmony.
November Birthstone - Blue Topaz
Hardness 7 • Heat Treated (all) • Major Source: Brazil and Bolivia
Like Amethyst, Citrine is a variety of the mineral, quartz. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to be enjoyed in a piece of jewelry. Citrine is frequently heated to permanently coax out its fiery gold color.
Prized for its beauty, affordability and durability, Citrine is an excellent choice for everyday wear. Care for your Citrine by removing it before engaging in activities that may cause scratches, such as housework, gardening and sports.
While today we are not limited by tradition, the symbolism of Citrine is treasured as the birthstone for November, for celebrating the thirteenth anniversary and as a talisman for the sign of Gemini. Its color is associated with lightheartedness and cheerfulness.
I am Topaz, keeper of the flame. As day dissolves into twilight, search the beaches of the Serpent Isle for the glimmer of my golden beacon. I am waiting for you. Look deeply into my eyes and I will reveal all the knowledge of the world. Hold me gently and my serenity will wash over your soul and cool the frenzy in your mind. Keep me in your home and I will gather up the sunlight and radiate good health to all your family.
Hardness 8 • Irradiation (all) • Major Source: Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Myanmar, Mexico, Nambia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Topaz comes in a sunset of colors from red-orange, pink and peach to orange-gold and yellow-brown as well as sky-blue. With this wide range comes a broad price range as well. “Smoky Topaz” is a misnomer for a form of quartz. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to look as they do in a piece of jewelry. Since the 1750’s, Topaz has been heated to permanently achieve its “sunset” hues. Topaz is also safely irradiated and heated to permanently produce its brilliant shades of blue.
Though Topaz is suitable for daily wear, remove before engaging in activities such as sports, housework and gardening as Topaz is sensitive to knocks.
Why Blue Topaz?
While today we are not limited by tradition, the symbolism of Topaz is treasured as the birthstone for November birthdays and as a talisman for the sign of Sagittarius, while the peach to red color of the Imperial Topaz commemorates the twenty-third anniversary.