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The True Meaning of November’s Beautiful Birthstones

B. Earth

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This month’s birthday girls luck out, because the November birthstones—citrine and topaz—come in a dazzling array of colors and are relatively affordable.  So you can go ahead and drop hints about a big piece of birthstone jewelry in the color of your choice, without feeling too greedy.

Shopping for a November birthday girl?  You’ve got lots of options she’ll love.  For the low-down on these richly-colored gems, read on.

Citrine: Health & Wealth in Rich Colors

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Citrine is a quartz gemstone found in golden shades ranging from pale yellow to deep brownish orange. As one of the more affordable gems, citrine makes a good choice if you want a big, eye-popping ring or pendant. Citrine appears frequently in jewelry from the Art Deco era.

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This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it.  And according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance. While we can’t guarantee health and wealth will be gifts with purchase, we do think Brilliant Earth’s Fire Citrine™ Stud Earrings make an excellent birthday present for November-born women.

Topaz: Symbol of Love in Favorite Hues

Topaz is a hard silicate mineral which gets its color from impurities or defects in its crystal structures, which turn it gorgeous shades of yellow, blue, red, green, brown, violet and pink. Topaz can also be colorless, and colorless topaz is often heated to create blue gems (most blue topaz isn’t natural—the color is created through treatment). The most valuable and expensive shades of topaz are a deep orange with pink undertones called Imperial topaz, named after the Russian czars of the 19th century, and yellowish brown hue called sherry topaz.

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Topaz symbolizes love and affection, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and a gift of blue topaz is said to be a promise of love and fidelity.

Topaz and Citrine’s Famous Fan

Both of the November birthstones have a royal advocate in the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (who was born in January, but maybe garnet isn’t her color?).  If you glimpsed her engagement photos with Prince William you may have assumed that her glittery pavé drop earrings were diamond, but they were actually made of white topaz (the “Hope Egg” design by Links of London). The Duchess also has a favorite pair of cushion-cut citrine drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, a popular British (but of course) jewelry designer, and has appeared in white topaz and blue topaz earrings by McDonough.  We think topaz and citrine are a perfect fit with the Duchess’s down-to-earth elegance, because they’re nearly as dazzling as precious gems but without the precious price tag.

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society



jezzy Says:
July 17th, 2014 at 5:36 am

I love topaz it’s so pretty

Jannie LaGrange Says:
August 21st, 2015 at 10:15 am

My birthstone November by I love the fire ople

Dion Ngidi Says:
December 4th, 2015 at 6:33 am

Only the best for the November month 🙂

faith Says:
January 10th, 2016 at 4:08 pm

I love topaz because it’s pretty and represent my birthday month November 20th and I really love it

cheri Says:
March 11th, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I think all November (Topaz) stones are beatiful? I’m glad that my b-day is in November!!!

April Cortez Says:
March 27th, 2016 at 5:19 am

My mom go me a topaz ring and nickles and incloded with earings and i wear them all but no the ring i only use it for speacial acashions and i hide it safeley well yeah their all extremley beautifull. I just want to thank my mom for thees and mostly because ive been beging for these i love her so much and im extreamly glad that i was born on november thanks god i love to be a topaz

Jennifer Says:
August 20th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

I’m a November baby also… I love Topaz it’s a beautiful stone

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