“Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.”
Welcome to our blog about topaz and citrine for November!
If you were born in November, you probably already know that Topaz and Citrine are your birthstones so we hope you’ll enjoy reading about these two beautiful stones.
The 2 stones are in fact often confused – topaz is available in a variety of colours, not just yellow, but often any yellow stone (particularly citrine and smokey quartz) will be referred to as topaz. Imperial topaz (named after the Russian Czars of the 1800s) is thought to be the most valuable topaz, a magnificent orange body colour with pinkish undertones but it also comes in hues of yellow, pink, purple, orange, and even blue.
Topaz is said to increase understanding and wisdom, strengthen breathing and prevent colds, enhance creativity, bring relaxation, control anger and restore energy. Apparently if you immerse the stone in wine for three days and nights, then rub the liquid on your eyes, this will help those with poor vision – but may sting a bit so I can’t really recommend this!! This delicate stone was also thought to promote wisdom in the wearer – hence the medieval custom of giving topaz rings. Considered the only yellow stone suitable for royalty, you may notice pictures of Henry VIII show him wearing a yellow-stoned ring.
Citrine, a beautiful gift from the sun, is known as the “healing quartz”. Found in all shades of gold, it is reputed to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer – I would have thought this a most valuable asset as we’re just going into winter! Citrine is one of the most affordable gemstones and found readily in nature, most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.
Citrine was carried as protection against snake venom in ancient times, and was said to ward off evil thoughts. Today it is known as the Merchant’s Stone, associated with success and prosperity.
So whatever you fancy giving to a November girl, you’ve lucked in as both Topaz and Citrine are beautiful and readily available – and a slightly less expensive option for most! Happy shopping!