Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

November is blessed with two luxurious birthstones topaz and citrine!

Topaz consists of bright blues, yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. Topaz is thought to bring balance to emotions and provide for a harmonious life. The yellow topaz has been found in many ancient gem representations, in fact supposedly the Egyptian Sun God Ra’s gem symbol is a fiery topaz. There are two highly sought after topaz varieties, the Imperial Topaz and the Precious Topaz. The Imperial topaz is red in color and found in Russia and Brazil. The Precious Topaz is intensely yellow and mined in Brazil. Topaz is quite hard, not as hard as diamonds and sapphires, but just next to them on the MOHS scale.

Citrine is mainly yellow and orange. Metaphysically it represents healing and vitality. Citrine is a 7 on the MOHS hardness scale, this means it’s quite durable and is a great gem to use in jewelry design. Citrine is formed when purple amethyst is exposed to extreme heat, this changes the color to yellow, orange, dark orange and even sometimes brown.  Citrine is also said to be regenerative to health. Brazil produces a large amount of citrine. It is not one of the most used gemstones but it can add an extra flair to any custom jewelry design.

If you’re looking to create a November birthstone piece, either topaz or citrine would be a great choice. They both can be cut and polished to a fiery translucent gem. If you’re looking for an orange or yellow piece either gem will work. If you’re looking for a dark to light blue then topaz would be the best choice. You can even find green topaz, which is aptly named rainforest topaz. For any custom design idea, you have give us a call at (210) 490-2404 or use the custom jewelry design online form.

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Topaz – So many colors, so much joy – A great stone for any emotional connection, a perfect gem for custom design.

Topaz – So many colors, so much joy – A great stone for any emotional connection, a perfect gem for custom design.

Topaz mostly is found in the colors of orange, yellow, bright orange, blue, brown and pink.Topaz is a Greek word and is from the word Topazios, which is the historical name for St. John’s Island located in the Red Sea.  The most well-known colors are the yellow and blue topaz. Pure topaz is mostly colorless and it is impurities that are involved in color changes or color can be manipulated through man-made processes. In history, topaz is thought to be calming for the emotions and has many different meanings across cultures. In India, the gem is tied to longevity and intelligence. Across Europe topaz was thought to temper anger and in Africa, the topaz has been used in healing.

Brazil, Mexico, Sri Lanka are the top producers of topaz. The imperial topaz is pinkish in color and is the main color sourced from Brazil, this is a highly popular color. Irridation and heat treatment developed in the 1960s was discovered to turn colorless topaz into blue topaz, which is now one of the most cost-effective colors available. Topaz is highly used in rings, pendants, and earrings. It’s the perfect affordable gem for a colored stone ring. Topaz is a hard and durable stone that makes it perfect for jewelry.

Topaz is the November gem and is the official gem of Texas. The reds, pinks and violet color variations tend to be the most expensive stones. As mentioned previously, blue, which is almost exclusively man-made tends to be the most affordable topaz color. Other gems that have been mistaken for topaz are citrine, a yellowish gem, and some quartz varieties. If you’re wanting an affordable stone for a custom designed piece, then topaz may be a gem you’ll want to consider.