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November - Citrine and Topaz

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“Who first comes to this world below
With drear November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz’s amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.”
 
Topaz

Cinebling Birthstone Blog November Topaz Polished Strand
 
Most experts agree the name Topaz is from Topazios, an ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. Others say it is from a word that means “fire” in an ancient Indian language, making it the perfect stone to warm up November’s babies.
 
For centuries, topaz was associated with the colour yellow. People assumed that all yellow gemstones were topaz, and that all topaz was yellow. However, pure topaz is colourless, and it can become tinted by impurities to take on any colour of the rainbow. The most prized Imperial Topaz, which features a vibrant orange hue with pink undertones. Red and pink topaz varieties are also rare, highly cherished, and very valuable.
 
Topaz can be found in various tones and saturations of red, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and brown, as well as blue and green. Blue Topaz, although increasingly abundant, very rarely occurs naturally and is often caused by irradiation treatment.
 
Topaz is said to bring warmth and fortune to those who wear it, calming tempers, curing madness and even eliminating nightmares.
 
Topaz and citrine actually look very similar, in fact, that they’ve often been mistaken for one another throughout history. They are actually unrelated minerals.
 
Citrine

Cinebling Birthstone Blog November Citrine Crystals
 
Citrine is the variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in colour. Citrine is derived from an old French word citrin, which means “yellow”. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these lemon-inspired shades. Citrine’s yellow hues are caused by traces of iron in quartz crystals. This rarely occurs in nature, so most citrine on the market is made by heat treating other varieties of quartz - usually the more common, less expensive smoky quartz - to produce beautiful golden gems.
 
Throughout history, people believed that citrine carried the same powers as topaz, including the ability to calm tempers, soothe anger and manifest desires, especially prosperity. To leverage these powers, Egyptians used citrine gems as talismans, the ancient Greeks carved iconic images into them, and Roman priests fashioned them into rings. Today Citrine is said to attract wealth and prosperity - and that’s a fine birthday wish!
 
Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift for another, or something for yourself, you have many options with just topaz and citrine. You can stick to the cosy warm colours of these stones, or choose from the variations which come in as many colours as light up the sky on Bonfire Night!

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