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If you were born in November, then you have two birthstones to choose from: Citrine and Topaz. Both gemstones come in a variety of hues and are often mistaken for one another. Both are beautiful and are abundant, making them affordable! Let’s dive into the history behind these two gemstones and figure out which one fits you and your personality best!
Citrine comes in a variety of hues that ranges from pale yellow to a deep orange color. This gemstone is a variety of quartz and gets its name from the citron fruit. Citrine has been a very popular gemstone for centuries, especially among ancient Greeks and Romans. It was particularly popular during the Victorian era. Nowadays this gemstone can be found in Bolivia, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. Like mentioned above, this gemstone is plentiful and is affordable, even in large sizes. It is a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it durable enough for normal wear.
Topaz comes in a wide range of colors, though is most widely recognized for its yellow color, which is why it’s often mistaken for Citrine! This gemstone gets its name from Topazios, which is the Greek name for St John’s Island in the Red Sea. Topaz can be sourced in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia and Germany, though the largest producer is Brazil. Topaz is rated an 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, so it is very durable.
Citrine and Topaz are known to have calming energies and to bring fortune and warmth to those who wear the gemstones. Both gemstones are beautiful and the colors add a little brightness to a usually chilly and dreary month. Now that you know a bit more about each gemstone, which one do you think would be best for you? Both Citrine and Topaz make thoughtful gifts for those with November birthdays or moms of children born in November.
Visit us at one of our locations in San Francisco or Palo Alto and allow us to help you find a Citrine or Topaz piece that you will love and cherish for years to come.