For many people, learning about their birthstones and purchasing jewelry that represents their specific birth months are important. For many months throughout the year, people have only one option when it comes to buying a piece of jewelry fitted with their birthstone. This can be quite unfortunate when a person learns that their birthstone is not a particular gemstone they like. For those people who were born in the month of November, however, two gemstones have been allocated as their birthstones. This gives these individuals an opportunity to choose which gemstone they like best, and to purchase jewelry fitted with that particular gemstone they prefer. The Topaz gemstone and the Citrine gemstone are the two stones chosen to represent people born in November.
The Topaz Gemstone
Let’s start our overview of November’s birthstones by looking at the primary birthstone associated with this month – the Topaz gemstone. While not considered part of the precious gemstone collection, Topaz is still a very popular gemstone that has an origin that dates back to ancient times. The Topaz gemstone has always been thought to be one of the most powerful gemstones in existence, and ancient civilizations believed that anyone who wears such a gemstone would be protected against harm, and that the gemstone would bring them healing powers.
It should be noted that, at one point in time, the term “Topaz” was used to refer to a variety of gemstones, all of which had a yellow hue, found in the area where the Red Sea is located. Today, however, “Topaz” is used to refer to a very specific gemstone that possesses a particular composition of certain minerals. These gemstones are known for their golden yellow color, but can be found in other colors as well, including pink, orange, blue, red and green.
These stones are formed within lava and the solidified versions of lava, and comprises of aluminum and fluorine mineral deposits. They rank quite high on the Mohs scale – eight out of ten to be specific. This makes the Topaz stone perfect for jewelry such as rings, which can be worn on a day-to-day basis.
The Citrine Gemstone
Not everyone may like the primary birthstone associated with November. Fortunately, a secondary gemstone, known as the Citrine stone, has also been associated with the month of November. The Citrine gemstone is known for possessing hues of orange, but they can also be found in yellow or brownish shades. These gemstones are part of the Quartz family, and their specific color is caused by trace amounts of iron that collects within their composition. It should be noted that natural Citrine gemstones are considered very rare – the majority of these gemstones that can be found on the market today have been treated with heat and other specialized protocols in order to give them a distinct color.
Citrine is most often sourced from Brazil, but there are also deposits of these gemstones in Madagascar, Russia, France, Bolivia, the United States and in Spain. These gemstones are less durable than Topaz, rating seven out of ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
Individuals born in November are quite lucky – they do not only have one birthstone associated with their birth month, but rather two. This gives these individuals a chance to choose which particular birthstone they wish to opt for, should they want to buy jewelry that can be considered a representation of their birth month. In this post, we have taken a look at both the Topaz gemstone and the Citrine gemstone; thus offering our readers the ability to determine which option they like best.