November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Two gems are appropriate for November birthdays, Topaz and Citrine.

Topaz

Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones.

topaz-engagement-ring

Cushion Swiss blue topaz, diamond cocktail ring set in 14k white gold

Blue topaz engagement rings have traditionally been believed to encourage clear, calm communication, personal growth and the desire to learn. Since communication is key in any marriage, it’s clear to see why topaz might be a wise choice for your engagement ring. November’s birthstone is naturally formed in a wide variety of colors and intensities, so it’s likely you’ll find the perfect gemstone ring for you.

Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones

Citrine

Citrine, the other birthstone for November 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 – still – highly populair by todays and yesterdays Maisons like Boucheron, Bvlgari, Rene Boivin, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Maubouchin, and Poiray.

Clock by Cartier in onyx, mother of pearl, coral, and jade with “floating” diamond hands set in a large emerald cut citrine..jpg

Unique Art Deco ‘Mystery’ clock by Cartier in onyx, mother of pearl, coral, and jade with ‘floating’ diamond hands set in a large emerald cut citrine set in 18k yellow gold.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Citrine Ring in

Van Cleef & Arpels yellow gold citrine Art Deco style ring

 

Bulgari Parentesi Citrine Large Ring with Diamonds Yellow Gold.jpgBvlgari Parentesi  yellow gold large ring with citrine and diamonds

Citrine can be found in a variety of shades ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature.

Citrine is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.

by Jean Amr

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