It's time to get to know the November birthstone...like we've been doing for the others for the past so many months. And like a few times before, November has more than one birthstone. Which begs the question...are you a topaz soul or a citrine one?
Topaz – the November birthstone
Topaz is generally considered a November birthstone, by the American Gem Society among others, for example. On the other hand, some sources hold that it is the birthstone for both November and December – yellow topaz in November and blue topaz in December. However, since December already has two other birthstones (and is not likely to miss a third!), we're going to treat all topaz gemstones as a November birthstone.
Originating from the Sanskrit word 'tapas' meaning fire, the topaz gemstone is found in Russia, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Pliny the Elder however, believed that the topaz drew its name from the Island of Topazos in the Red Sea. This gemstone comes in a variety of colors like red, peach, orange, pink, gold, yellow, blue, brown and clear. Of these, yellow is the one that comes to mind first when we think of a topaz. Very romantically, in the 18th and 19th century, red and pink topaz was allowed to be worn only by the Czar and his family, and those he gifted it to...which is why it came to be called the "Imperial Topaz".
The legends of the Topaz
Ancient Greeks believed the topaz, which got its golden glow from Ra the Sun God, could increase its wearer's strength while rendering them invisible. The Romans however, believed it improved the eyesight, while the Egyptians wore it to prevent injury. In the Middle Ages, wearers held that it healed mental and physical disorders and prevented the wearer's death (a lot of different beliefs for a single stone!).
The topaz's power was believed to wax and wane with the phases of the moon. When worn as an amulet, the topaz was said to strengthen the wearer's intellect, cure madness and dispel sadness. Worn around the neck in gold, it wards off bad charms. In powdered form, it was believed to cure insomnia, asthma, burns and hemorrhages. As a whole gemstone, it was even said to change color in the presence of poisoned food and drink. This gemstone, especially its blue variety, was also believed to fill the wearer with creative energies. Besides all its medicinal worth, when worn constantly, the topaz is said to bring fidelity and friendship to the wearer. It also helps one to think clearly and provides protection to travelers from danger and homesickness.
In general, the topaz is a stone that promotes good fortune. Dreaming of it may mean this good fortune awaits. As a November born, in this one stone you get good fortune, protection and healing, clear thinking and greater creativity!
Citrine – also the November birthstone
The planetary stone for Virgo, the citrine is also a November birthstone, and is born of the French word "citron" which means lemon. A variety of quartz, the citrine is yellow, yellow-brown, orange, orange-brown and reddish brown.
A natural citrine, which is very rare, is pale yellow to pale orange and is much lighter than the other shades, which are a result of heat treatment (all heat treated citrines have a touch of red to them). Thanks to its coloring, it can be mistaken for its sister stone, the topaz. Citrines are largely found in Brazil, Argentina, France, Madagascar, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Myanmar.
The folklore of this stone is quite similar to that of the topaz. The citrine too was believed to dispel negative energy, and was used as a protective stone. For the wearer, it was said to control mood swings (like the Topaz, making both ideal for menopausal women), alleviate depression, anger and personal doubt, and help overcome fears and phobias.
In ancient times, carrying it meant protection from the plague, skin problems, snake bites and even evil thoughts. Ancient Romans and Greeks, who used it in their jewelry, believed that the brightness of the stone brightened their lives and displaced the darkness.
Like the topaz, the citrine also promotes creativity and personal clarity. It is also said to help control one's self-destructive tendencies. It is considered a success stone as it confers prosperity and abundance, especially in business matters; it even earned the name "merchant's stone" as many business persons keep citrines in their cash registers! The Chinese believed that the stone increased intellect and dispelled misconceptions. Even today, they consider it the stone of wisdom; scholars, teachers and students in China keep citrines to help them teach, study and prepare for exams.
Physically, it is said to help treat ailments with the heart, kidney, digestive tract, liver and muscles, along with hormonal problems. It is also believed to help relieve pain, reverse degenerative diseases and help with memory loss. On a spiritual level, these stones bring their wearer calm, optimism and a deep connection with their inner selves.
Which is your November birthstone?
Given their similarities in appearance and qualities, what it really comes down to is which stone resonates with you. As one born in this month, neither stone will do you wrong but only you can know which one is truly right for you.
At CJ Charles, we have a few topaz and citrine pieces on hand. And with our ever-changing inventory, what we don't have today, we may very likely have tomorrow! These beauties are what we can offer right now:
Bulgari Parentesi White Gold Topaz Ring
Evil Eye On Red Cord
Bulgari Parentesi Pink Gold Citrine Ring
If this is what you've been looking for, come by the store or contact us today. On the other hand, if you know what you want and we don't have it yet, contact us anyway and we'll get the wheels in motion.