Learn about November's Birthstones

November babies are lucky enough to have the choice between two contrasting yet equally beautiful birthstones to represent their birth month - Topaz and Citrine.

Majestic Topaz

Topaz, one of the November birthstones, has a history that dates back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed that the golden glow of the gem was a reflection of the Sun God, Ra, endowing the wearer with warmth and vitality. Available in a wide spectrum of colors, it is the Imperial Topaz, characterized by its orange hue with pink undertones, which is truly the symbol of November. This rare gemstone is believed to bring prosperity and abundance to the wearer.

Perhaps the most famous topaz is a 1,680 carat colorless topaz gem known as the "Braganza diamond" that is a part of the Portuguese crown jewels. Due to its color and clarity, this gem was originally thought to be a diamond.

Radiant Citrine

Citrine, the other November birthstone, is known for its charming yellow to brownish-orange color. Its name comes from the French word for lemon, "Citron". The gemstone is often associated with positivity and revitalization, sometimes referred to as the "healing quartz" for its ability to comfort, soothe, and energize. It is believed to carry the power of the sun, bringing warmth, joy, and abundance in the life of the wearer.

The largest cut citrine ever discovered was found in the Mina Gerais mine in Brazil. This gem, known as the Malaga, was found in 1990 and weighs 20,200 carats or roughly 8.8 pounds. The gem remained uncut until 2009, when a team of Brazilian gem cutters decided they were ready to shape it.

Caring for Your November Birthstones

While both Topaz and Citrine are relatively hard gemstones, they still require proper care to maintain their luster. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden temperature changes. When storing, wrap them in a soft cloth to prevent scratching. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, instead, use mild soapy water and a soft brush for cleaning. Regular cleaning will ensure that your gemstones continue to shine brightly.

Topaz comes in a variety of colors including the vibant blue known as London Blue Topaz.