Citrine and Topaz are the birthstones of November. These are the beautiful golden, lemon-coloured gems that will give you the golden summery feeling in this approaching winter. November is a month of weddings and celebrations and hence some lightweight gemstone studded jewels will be a perfect gift. Here is a little about the history of these mind-blowing natural beauties, Citrine and Topaz.
The bright shining gem has said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. The name Citrine, which is French for lemon, fits well with its colour range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown. This birthstone is named after the citrus fruit due to its yellow-orange colour. Its yellow colour is caused by specks of iron found in the quartz crystal. Most people choose Citrine based on their personal preference, but some of the most sought-after Citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red colour.
Citrine is said to reduce anger and create calmness in the mind. It is a self-healing stone, cleansing the body of any negative attributes. It harnesses the power of the sun, bringing happiness to one’s life.
Citrine is one of the most powerful and affordable gemstones. It is relatively plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes and shapes including very large sizes. These reasons make it a great gem for that big, bold, statement piece.
The name Topaz has been thought to originate from the Sanskrit word meaning “Tapaz” or “Life”. Topaz is commonly yellow and easily confused for citrine. Topaz is available in many colours and variations such as imperial topaz (the most prized) or blue topaz (very rare). The ancient Egyptians and Romans associated this golden gem with the sun god giving it the power to protect and heal. Legend says that topaz dispels enchantment. This gem has carved itself its own niche in the market, because of the gems superior hardness and beautiful colour range it’s a gem that’s hard to replicate. Generally seen as long faceted stones, it complements its natural crystal formation. Topaz represents love and affection. It is said to be the bringer of abundance, granting the wearer a happy and fulfilled life.