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The beautiful meaning behind November birthstones

Nature is dominated by rich golds, browns, yellows, and oranges during this time of year, and the same is true for November's  birthstones - topaz, and citrine.

November babies are in luck as both citrine, and topaz come in a beautiful rainbow of hues and are among the more affordable gemstones. In addition, both of these stones are noted for their relaxing powers and bringing wealth and warmth to the possessor.

Why does November have two birthstones?

Birthstones have been used from ancient times, with the 12 stones of the High Priest's breastplate referenced in Exodus. For a time, it was customary to wear one stone each month of the year and US jewellers  intended to standardise birthstones in 1912.

Modern birthstones were chosen based on what gems could be sold in large quantities. This is why the month of November includes two birthstones. Topaz was the original birthstone, but citrine was introduced subsequently as a less expensive alternative. The two gemstones compliment each other perfectly since topaz offers power and citrine brings healing.

Everything you need to know about topaz

Topaz is a silicate mineral that is mainly made of fluorine and aluminum. It is one of the strongest silicates due to the powerful chemical bonding in the gemstone. It comes in a variety of colours, and while blue topaz is the most popular shade, yellow is actually this month's featured hue.

Brown, yellow, yellow-gold, and orange are some of its most prevalent colors. The most expensive types of topaz are imperial topaz, a rich orange with pink overtones named after the Russian czars of the nineteenth century, and sherry topaz, which has a yellowish-brown tint.

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The 23rd wedding anniversary jewel is imperial topaz. Topaz can be found all over the world, from the highlands of Russia to Flinders Island in Australia. Pakistan, Brazil, and Sri Lanka are some of the leading sources of topaz.

What does topaz symbolise?

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Some people believe that "topaz" derives from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means "fire." Others attribute it to the Greek topazes. Topaz is thought to be linked with the Egyptian Sun God Ra due to its radiance and blazing intensity. This November birthstone has long been regarded to offer several advantages and was thought to provide strength by the ancient Greeks. Europeans believed it could counter magic spells and remove anger from the 1300s until the 1600s. For generations, many Indians have thought that wearing topaz above the heart ensures long life, beauty, and wisdom.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the topaz birthstone signifies love and affection. It is thought to give power and wisdom to the person who wears it, and a gift of blue topaz is considered to be a pledge of love and faithfulness.

It was also said to have the ability to increase knowledge, prevent colds, boost creativity, offer calm, replenish vitality, make one invisible, and treat insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages.  To prevent asthma and sleeplessness, they mixed powdered topaz into wine. They thought that holding a topaz in a woman's hand during childbirth reduced her pain.

Topaz is perfect for jewellery such as necklaces, brooches, and bracelets due to its bright fire, clarity, hues, and strength.  

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is a huge fan of the November birthstones. She has a pair of glittering pavé drop earrings made of white topaz and cushion-cut drop earrings made of citrine.

What about citrine?

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Citrine is a quartz variation; thus, it comes in hues ranging from yellow to brown. The name "Citrine" is derived from the Latin root "lemon" on the thirteenth wedding anniversary. It's no surprise that this bright and golden stone is a healing crystal that offers happiness, health, vitality, and success. Citrine has been regarded to ground and dispel negativity for hundreds of years, making it the ideal gemstone for individuals seeking only positive energies!

Citrine is recognized as a "positive energy" birthstone because it encourages happiness and good fortune. Many people refer to it as the "success stone" because those born in November are destined for success. Citrine is utilized to fight negative energy since it breaks it apart. Furthermore, it is supposed to eliminate toxins and help in the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Citrine is highly valued as a circulatory system cleanser, purifying the blood, kidneys, and essential organs. Citrine is said to bring success, wealth, and prosperity to Feng Shui.

Any jewellery crafted with this November birthstone is guaranteed to attract a lot of attention. It is popularly referred to as "healing quartz" since it is said to provide an abundance of vitality and positive vibes to whoever owns it.

Image: Steven Stone, citrine earrings £2,905

In the Victorian era, the citrine birthstone was quite popular. Citrine was a popular addition to Queen Victoria's world-famous collection of royal jewels. Alongside royal figures, Hollywood celebrities like Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo routinely showcased brilliant citrine jewels on the red carpet,.

Famous people born at the beginning of this month exude a passionate, sensual Scorpio attitude, while those born at the end of the month exude Sagittarius positivity and liveliness.

Celebrities born in November include David Schwimmer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus, Kate Hudson, Bruce Lee, Kris Jenner, and Scarlett Johansson.

Was you born in November? Take a look at our stunning collection of birthstone engagement rings.

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