November's Birthstone: Citrine & Topaz -The Golden Healers

Both Citrine and Topaz are associated with November's birthstone, however, each possess their own qualities to both the wearer and in jewelry design.

November Birthstones Citrine and Topaz
Topaz and Citrine Gemstones
While many birthstones have kept changing over the years, the topaz is one gemstone that has been universally accepted as the modern birthstone for November. And in keeping with both ancient Egyptians and Romans who connected the topaz with the sun god, the modern day topaz is also known as Sunday's gemstone -a reminder to its' association with the sun.

The days of the week were named for the Sun (Sunday), the Moon (Monday), and five planets: Mars (Tuesday), Mercury (Wednesday), Jupiter (Thursday), Venus (Friday) and, Saturn (Saturday).

Topaz makes an ideal birthstone because of its' hardness, rich rainbow of colors, abundance and availability. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. The most prized color of topaz are golden-orange with pinkish undertones, called Imperial Topaz, after the Russian Czars of the 1800s. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones.

Did you know? Some Imperial Topaz stones can fade on exposure to sunlight for an extended period of time.

The name "topaz" (Topaze French, Topas German, Topacio Spanish) is derived from the Greek "topas" or "to seek" -the ancient name of St. John's Island in the Red Sea, which was difficult to find and from which a yellow stone was mined in ancient times. Topaz, itself, was not really known about before the classical era. The word topaz is related to the Sanskrit word "tapas" (meaning "heat" or "fire"). There was an ancient belief that this stone of fire could control heat and had power over boiling water, which is reason enough to believe that anyone who wears a topaz can control his anger or fever in the body.

The shades of topaz range from amber gold to fine cognac, from a pink-orange hue to peach, and all different tones of brown. Blue Topaz is another variety of this gem that has gained much popularity in recent times.

Healing properties of topaz
Topaz has always been greatly valued for its stunning hues and mystical powers. The Egyptians believed that the gem protected its' wearer from any harm. The golden glow led Romans to associate the gem with Jupiter, who is God of the Sun. The gemstone is also held symbolic of strength and intelligence and it is even believed that the gem has calming effect on its wearer. In crystal healing, topaz is said to help with gout, blood disorders, hemorrhages, poor appetite, tissue regeneration, tuberculosis, aging (reverses), endocrine system, asthma and insomnia.

Genuine topaz gemstone is rivaled by the consistency of cut, color, brilliance, quality and affordability of the topaz Swarovski Crystal.

The traditional gemstone Citrine has a golden hue and is similar in appearance to the modern (yellow) topaz gemstone. While these gemstones may appear similar there are some differences. Topaz scores an 8 on Mohs scale of Hardness whereas, citrine is relatively soft and also lacks the brilliance of a topaz.

The earthen toned citrine gemstone derives its name from the French word Citron, which means lemon. It gained much popularity in the retro jewelry of the 1940s and was often paired with peridot, ruby and aquamarine in brooches, necklaces and other jewelry of that era.

Due to its resemblance to topaz, citrine was also called quartz topaz and has even been sold as topaz gemstones. Citrine can be found in a variety of shades ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange.

Healing properties of citrine
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.

Citrine is sometimes used by healers to help with digestion as it is considered beneficial to the endocrine and digestive system - cleansing, purifying and eliminating poisons that have built up. Citrine is an excellent stone to calm and soothe distressed conditions. Some use it to help relieve depression and digestive problems (including constipation and diabetes).

Other fun November Birthday Facts:
-The November birthstone flower is Chrysanthemum.

Topaz is the gemstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st). Blue topaz is the suggested 4th anniversary gemstone; citrine is the 11th and 13th anniversary gemstone; Imperial topaz is the 23rd anniversary gemstone and golden topaz is the suggested 50th anniversary gemstone.

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