Until the 20th century, November birthdays were celebrated with topaz gemstones, which often mirror the season’s changing leaves and bold colors. More recently, a second stone, the citrine, became a November birthstone alternative, and the yellow-hued stones also reflect the month’s autumnal vibes. Both symbolize hope, love and friendship, making them a perfect choice to celebrate your loved one’s November birthday.
Between topaz and citrine, you’ll have ample choices for November birthstone jewelry. Topaz is most commonly known as a yellow, pink, orange or amber-colored stone, but also comes in blue varieties. Citrine, meanwhile, is almost always a shade of yellow. Both stones look beautiful set in pendants, earrings and necklaces. And, because both are durable gems, they’re suitable for everyday wear and can be included in a range of pieces.
Naturally occurring topaz usually ranges from yellow to pink-orange colored, but it can be heat-treated to morph into a bright blue hue. Mined yellow topaz are a rare gemstone, and therefore can fetch high prices. Two U.S. states, Texas and Utah, claim topaz as their official state gemstone.
Citrine is a type of quartz and it is found in igneous metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is a sister stone to amethyst, which is February’s birthstone. In ancient cultures, people believed that citrine also had healing properties and it was worn by people with medical ailments. Citrine is a more affordable stone, so good for November birthstone jewelry on a budget.
The word topaz comes from the Greek word “topazion”, which is related to fire, and reflects the stones vibrant yellows and oranges. During the European Renaissance period, citizens believed that topaz’s had magical powers and could break spells. Today, most topazes are mined in Russia, Brazil and the U.S.
Citrine comes from an old French word, "citrin", meaning lemon. It became an official November birthstone around 1910. The majority of citrine stones are found in Brazil, Madagascar and Bolivia.
Both topaz and citrine are considered hard stones, and they’re suitable for everyday wear. Topaz has a hardness of 8, while citrine is a 7 (diamonds, which are the hardest stone, are a 10). Both stones can be cleaned with mild dish soap and a soft brush, then dried with a soft cloth. One word of caution: Citrine is a heat-sensitive stone and can change color if it is exposed to heat for long periods of time. Don’t wear it while sunbathing or in a tanning bed!
Topaz or citrine jewelry should be stored in a soft pouch or box, and kept away from light and heat.
To commemorate a November birthday, both topaz and citrine make wonderful options. At Peter Franklin, our customer experience professionals can help you select the November birthstone jewelry that matches your loved one’s taste and lifestyle. Visit our three locations in NE Indiana in Angola, New Haven and Fort Wayne, and browse our selection of citrine jewelry and topaz jewelry online.