November is the last month of autumn and it is filled with thankfulness, turkey, and treats.
When looking at the birthstones for this month, citrine and topaz, the color combination is perfect for the month of November. The yellow/orange of the citrine reminds us of the fallen leaves of fall and embraces the month's characteristics. While the blue topaz is preparing us for the colder months to come with winter vastly approaching.
Citrine comes from the quartz family and is a top-selling transparent gem with yellow to orange color ranges. The name comes from the Latin term citrus. The gem is an attractive warm color that has good wearability making this stone very attractive. This stone comes from Bolivia, Brazil, and Spain. The largest citrine ever found weighs 19,548 ctw. WOW. Most citrine are in the round shape, but you can find them in unusual cuts as well. Mixed with other gemstones such as diamonds, amethyst, aquamarine, and blue topaz, citrine brings a beautiful color to the table.
Before modern day gemology, citrine was traditionally confused for topaz because they can come in similar colors. Citrine on the Mohs hardness scale does rank a 7! Also, citrine is known for having good toughness. Both of these qualities make citrine great for jewelry! We recommend cleaning your citrine with warm soapy water.
Topaz comes from the ancient language of India, Sanskrit, meaning fire. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz, when worn, would give them strength. In the renaissance period people also thought that topaz could break magic spells, and dispel anger. In addition many people in India believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence.
Some times topaz gets confused with citrine and smoky quartz because topaz comes in a wide range of colors. The various of hues are brown, blue, green, yellow, orange. red, pink, purple, and white. The most valuable color of topaz is red, but varies in different countries. The most popular color in the United States is the blue topaz. The largest topaz ever recorded is in the Smithsonian Institution and is named American Golden. It weighs 22,982 ctw.
Topaz sources of mines are from Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. On the Mohs hardness scale, the topaz scores an 8. Although the hardness is high, the toughness is poor due to the stone being able to develop cleavages. We recommend cleaning your topaz with warm soapy water.
With whatever stone is your favorite of the two, we know that both are great choices for the month of November!