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November Birthstones: History, Lore, and More

Birthstones have existed across cultures throughout history. Often, these reveal important aspects of a particular society, such as religion or custom. Modern times also reflect these ideas, as we update these symbolic stones to reflect current tastes, thoughts, and trends. Whether you prefer classic or modern sensibilities, birthstones are a special way to tell a story about yourself. Also, many think that birthstones bestow luck on the wearer! Join us as we examine the nature of November birthstones.

Modern November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Two gorgeous gems are the modern November birthstones. The enchanting colors of topaz and blazing hues of citrine delight us in November birthstone jewelry.

Many think of Imperial Topaz as a classic hue for this Autumn stone.


Topaz has long been a historical birthstone for November. The name topaz comes from the Greek word topazion, which stems from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning fire. One of the most colorful jewels, this enthralling gem comes in several types.

 One of the great things about topaz is the incredible variety! Imperial Topaz is a yellow to a pink-orange kind 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. Frequently available as a colorless accent stone in place of diamonds, its hardy and colorless nature also lends 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 available from Shop LC.

London Blue is one of the most popular topaz varieties today.


Citrine became an official November birthstone in the early 1910s. It is a variety of quartz displaying hues ranging from pale yellow to brown. The stunning color of the gem is due to iron impurities within its structure. It is one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones.

Many think of yellow citrine as the definitive hue for this stone.

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.

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 big stones remain affordable. It’s hard to believe that such a gorgeous stone won’t break the bank.

Santa Ana Madeira Citrine displays a beautiful, blazing red-orange to red-brown color that is one of the most sought-after types of citrine. This gemstone gets its name from 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 is the color we call Madeira Citrine.

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

Madeira Citrine captures the traditional brown orange hues associated with this month.


During this month, November birthstone jewelry makes the perfect gift for loved ones. Whether you are looking at the charming topaz necklaces or electrifying citrine rings, you are sure to find your favorite piece at Shop LC.

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Would you choose topaz or citrine as your November birthstone? Tell us in the comments!

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