Gemstone Profiles: Topaz and Citrine

November Birthstone Citrine

It’s November! The beginning of the holidays is an important time to look stylish!  This month’s birthstones are Topaz and Citrine. Topaz is a beautifully golden stone, whose name comes from the ancient Sanskrit word for fire.  This stunning gem ranges in color from brilliant red to pale pink.  Throughout history, topaz has been regarded as a most precious stone, and was sought after by many.  ‘Imperial’ Topaz was named for its use as fine jewelry by the feudal Czarinas of 18th century Russia.  In early history and the middle ages, topaz was believed to have healing properties and could ward off injury.  Medieval doctors believed the stone would cure mental illness and prevent death, while the Greeks were convinced the stone gave its wearer improved strength and invisibility.  The mighty Roman Empire believed it would improve eyesight, and the Egyptians used it to keep themselves from physical harm.  The fiery reputation of Topaz makes it a must-have gem!

Citrine and Topaz

Citrine was selected as an alternate birthstone for November by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.  Citrine represents the sun and the astrological sign of Virgo.  Getting its name from its yellow, lemon-like color, Citrine can range from vibrant yellow to dark red, with the darker color being more valuable.  History shows that Citrine has been believed to promote the health of many body organs such the heart and liver, and to aid in digestion.  The stone is said to enhance creativity and reduce self-damaging tendencies.  It is also believed to help sharpen the clarity of one’s mind.  Given the fascinating history of Citrine, the choice is clear, this is the stone to own!

Some Navajo Silversmiths are working with these gemstones, such as Paul Livingston in the bracelet seen here – check with our silversmiths to see if they can make something special for you!

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