Born in November? If yes, then you have two fabulous birthstones to choose from. Both of them come packed with interesting symbolism, and the kind of beauty that may leave you slightly confused. So how do you decide which one to pick? Well, we intend to make things a little easy for you.
With this article, you’ll get the low-down on this month’s vibrant jewels – Citrine and Topaz. From symbolism and durability to price and jewelry tips, we’ll tell you (in brief) everything you need to know about these wonderful gems. So read on!
Citrine: The gem that resembles a drop of nectar.
Ever seen or heard of citron? It’s a fragrant citrus fruit that resembles a large lemon. And our honey-yellow gem is believed to have derived its name from here. Citrine, a cherished member of the quartz family, is probably one of the most frequently purchased yellow gemstones. Traces of iron in its chemical composition are responsible for its captivating color that varies from a light yellow to a deep golden hue.
- Symbolism: Say hello to the ”success stone”.
The color yellow has always been synonymous with sunshine, hope and happiness. Citrine, therefore, is directly linked to positivity and liveliness. In ancient times, people used this gem to bring success and prosperity into their lives. Citrine was also said to have the power to attract abundance in all fields, especially business. Hence it was aptly called “the success stone” or ”the merchant’s stone”.
- Durability: Fairly good.
Mohs scale of mineral hardness gives citrine a rating of 7 out of 10. This means it is fairly resistant to scratches and durable enough for all types of jewelry.
Topaz: A versatile jewel that sparkles in blue!
Several sources claim that its name originated from the Sanskrit word “tapas” which means fire. And this gem is certainly quite radiant! While it is found in many appealing shades, blue topaz undoubtedly remains the most popular. You can either pick London blue topaz which exudes an intense greenish-blue hue or Swiss blue topaz that is renowned for its tropical blue color. No matter what you choose, this lustrous gem will not disappoint.
- Symbolism: The gem of healing and forgiveness.
Thousands of years ago, Romans were said to be the first to have discovered this stone on the Island of Topazios in the Red Sea. They spread the word that it had certain powers that could protect from enemies and facilitate reconciliation. Even Egyptians worshipped this gem because they believed that sun god Ra had blessed it with many mystical properties that could shield the faithful against all harm.
- Durability: Impressive.
Topaz scores an 8 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which indicates impressive durability. It can therefore be the perfect center stone in rings for everyday wear, along with all other types of jewelry.
Jewelry Tip: Best options for both the gems.
- Citrine: This lustrous jewel is available in an assortment of sizes, and stones weighing up to 20 carats are readily available. For this reason, the price of a citrine is not influenced significantly by the carat size. This aspect makes it a great choice for bold jewelry pieces. And one of the best ways to showcase its splendor is to wear it in the form of a dramatic cocktail ring.
- Blue Topaz: Abundance of topaz ensures it can be fashioned in an assortment of both traditional and contemporary designs. This gem displays a perfect cleavage, which helps a well-cut stone to sparkle brilliantly. To make the most of its magnificence, we recommend a beautiful pair of drop or dangle earrings.
The Price of Topaz & Citrine: Not very expensive.
Both these gems are relatively affordable in comparison to blue and yellow sapphire. Additionally, Angara offers you countless jewelry options, ranging from below $500 to $2000 and above. In simple words, irrespective of your budget you’ll be able to find a beautiful piece of citrine or blue topaz jewelry for almost any occasion! We also have various easy payment methods that aim to make your shopping experience even better.
So go ahead and indulge in a piece of jewelry adorned with the November birthstone.