Individuals born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up this chilly month. November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Topaz and citrine look so similar, in fact, that they’ve often been mistaken for one another throughout history. They are actually unrelated minerals, and topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colors far beyond yellow.

Both of November’s birthstones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit topaz and citrine into their budget.

Meaning, Significance and Symbolism Of The November Birthstone

The topaz is known for its associated qualities of strength, tenacity, dedication and resilience. The this November birthstone is believed to balance emotions and thoughts for a harmonious lifestyle. The gemstone is used to enhance spirituality, promote wisdom and cut through troubles and confusion to bestow clear thought and reasoning prowess on the wearer of the stone. The topaz was often used in the crowns and rings worn by rulers, diplomats, dignitaries and royalty.

The Citrine is a golden hued gemstone that encourages vitality and promotes good health of the wearer. These gemstones range in color from light yellow tones to deep orange hues. The stones have longed been believed to bring hope, strength, vitality and energy to the wearer.

Interesting Facts About The November Birthstone

According to legend, the Topaz was believed to control heat, having the power to cool boiling water and consequently, anger in a person, cutting through their despair, rage or confusion and lending clarity of thought to the wearer of the gemstone. During the Middle Ages, the stone was used by Royalty and Clergy. An interesting although strange belied entailed that the topaz engraved with a Falcon enabled the wearer to cultivate the goodwill of emperors and kings, thus bestowing peace and prosperity to the land.

Characteristics Of The Topaz And Citrine Gemstones

The topaz exhibits pink, yellow, orange, purple and blue tones. The purest topaz gemstone is colorless with a tinge of color owing to impurities.  Colors exhibited by the topaz range from  wine to pale gray, yellow to  blue-brown and reddish-orange. The stone can be made to exhibit certain colors with laboratory treatment to display white, blue, gold, pink, reddish-yellow, pale green or colorless tones and opaque or transparent qualities.

Citrine is produced by subjecting Amethyst and Smoky Quartz to heat treatment. At low temperatures, the color changes from a light yellow to golden yellow, while at higher temperatures the stone acquires a dark yellow or brown-red color.

November Birthstone Citrine