November has arrived! Before long, we’ll be feasting with our families for Thanksgiving. But before skipping straight to the holidays, we can’t forget about all of the November babies that celebrate their birthday this lovely fall month. The November birthstone is both topaz and citrine, two golden hued gemstones that are often mistaken for one another because of their stark similarities. Orange topaz, known as “precious topaz” is considered to be the original November birthstone, though citrine has grown into a popular modern alternative. Shopping for a November born loved one? A beautiful piece of topaz or citrine jewelry makes a superb gift that is sure to impress. Not only are topaz and citrine beautiful, they’re brimming with meaning and symbolism that make them the perfect November birthstone!
For thousands of years, people mistakenly thought that every yellow gemstone was topaz. It wasn’t for quite some time that it was discovered that topaz actually occurs in a spectrum of colors. These colors range from blue, pink, violet, brown, and even clear, although the traditional amber tone is most popular. This color is sometimes referred to as Imperial topaz, named for the 19th century Russian czars. Topaz, a silicate mineral, is rated 8 on Moh’s Scale of Hardness, making it exceptionally durable for jewelry.
Topaz is believed to bring its wearer love and good fortune, improving existing relationships and helping attract new ones. Wearing topaz jewelry helps one to put positive thoughts into action, boosting your present mood and your general outlook on life. Topaz is also said to enhance the senses, particularly your sense of taste. In fact, this November birthstone is known as the “gourmet” stone. Are your taste buds in need of a little livening? Get your hands on a dazzling topaz ring or charming topaz necklace and feel your senses revitalize.
Believed to carry the power of the sun, citrine is a warm and energizing gemstone. Named for the citron fruit, citrine is a quartz variety that appears in rich shades of yellow and orange. This gorgeous gemstone is said to inspire imagination and creativity. It encourages its wearer to embark on new endeavors and enjoy unfamiliar experiences. This November birthstone is known as “The Merchant’s Stone,” as it is thought to help attract wealth and abundance. When it comes to relationships, citrine can help resolve problems by increasing understanding and protecting against jealousy, resentment, and other unfavorable emotions. Unsure what to gift a November baby in your life? An elegant citrine bracelet or vibrant citrine ring is sure to surprise!
Shop November Birthstones in San Diego
Those who are born in November are lucky to have not just one, but two enchanting birthstones to choose from. The best part? Both topaz and citrine are as affordable as they are beautiful! Whether it’s the vivid colors of topaz that you desire, or the rich golden hues of citrine—you’re sure to find what you seek here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. Our vast showroom offers a variety of topaz and citrine jewelry for every style and budget. Visit us on San Diego Avenue, and see for yourself all that we have in store!