Birthstones have existed across cultures throughout history. Often, these were attributed to significant aspects of a particular society, such as religion or custom. Modern times reflect these themes, as well as groups, have updated these symbolic stones to reflect current tastes, thoughts, and trends.

Whether you prefer traditional or modern sensibilities, birthstones are a unique way to tell a story about yourself.  Over the years, it is widely perceived that birthstones bestow luck on the wearer.  Join us as we examine the nature of the November birthstones.

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Modern Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

The gorgeous gemstones are the modern birthstones for November. The enchanting colors of topaz and blazing hues of citrine rule the November birthstone jewelry since ages.

Topaz

Topaz has always been considered a historical birthstone for November. Topaz is from the Greek word “topazion ” which stems from the Sanskrit “tapas” meaning fire. Considered as The Colored Gemstone, the enthralling gem has several variations.

Imperial Topaz is a yellow to pink-orange variety of Topaz. Highly prized for its beauty, it is rare to find examples of this gemstone. When they are available, they tend to command a premium price.

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One of the great things about Topaz, however, is the incredible variety available! Topaz is frequently available as a colorless stone, and it is often employed as an accent stone in lieu of diamonds. Its hardy and colorless nature also lend it to treatment. Topaz can be heat-treated to create jewels such as London Blue and Electric Blue varieties. Alternatively, vapor deposition creates gorgeous gems like the many varieties of Mystic Topaz seen on the market.

Citrine

Citrine was announced as official November birthstone in 1912 by The Jewelers of America. Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz displaying hues ranging from pale yellow to brown. The stunning color of the gem is due to the ferric or iron impurities found in its structure. It is recognized as one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones.

For those who love the yellow and orange of Imperial Topaz, Citrine is a great alternative. From the lemon yellows of Brazilian Citrine to the deep red-orange of Madeira Citrine, it’s easy to find your favorite stone.

Infographic on Brazilian Citrine

One of the best qualities of this beautiful stone is its affordability! Even fine citrine doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Price per carat doesn’t rise dramatically for larger sizes, so even the large stones remain affordable. It’s hard to believe that such a gorgeous stone won’t break the bank.

The Shop LC acquires Brazilian Citrine from the Rio Grande do Sul, home to the best quality of citrines in the world. This section borders both Uruguay and Argentina. Currently, there are two mines producing citrine, the Serra and Iraâ mines. Each mine yields a minor portion per month and the Shop LC is fortunate to acquire its supply from the Serra mines!

Santa ana madeira citrine infographic

The other variety, Santa Ana Madeira Citrine displays a beautiful, blazing red-orange to red-brown color that is one of the most sought-after varieties of citrine. This gemstone is named after the fortified wine made in the Madeira Islands just off the coast of Portugal. This color is a unique and rare find. Less than two percent of all citrine comes in this color that we call Madeira Citrine.

With the traditional colors of yellow and orange, the modern November birthstones are an excellent way to inject a burst of happy color all year long.

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE: QUICK FACTS

  • Topaz and Citrine are considered the modern U.S. birthstones.
  • The United Kingdom also recognizes Topaz and Citrine as birthstones.
  • Scorpio (10/24-11/21) utilizes Beryl as their stone.
  • Sagittarius (11/22-12/21) is assigned Topaz as a birthstone.
  • Pearl is a historic November birthstone.

As the delightful month of November is approaching, topaz and citrine jewelry makes the perfect gift for your loved ones.Whether you are looking for charismatic cool hues of topaz necklaces or electrifying citrine rings, you will surely find your favorite piece at the exclusive assortmentof Shop LC.