As the leaves fall and the days grow shorter, November brings with it a unique and dazzling choice of birthstone. For those fortunate enough to be born during this autumnal month, the choice between topaz and citrine offers a beautiful selection of gemstones that capture the warm and inviting spirit of November.
Citrine's name is derived from the French word "citron," which means lemon, and it's easy to see why. Its colours range from pale yellow to deep, honeyed amber. Not only known for its captivating colour but also for its associations with joy and abundance. Throughout history, citrine has been considered a symbol of positivity and success. It's believed to promote energy, creativity, and prosperity, making it a popular choice for individuals seeking to infuse their lives with enthusiasm and optimism. Citrine is also the recommended gemstone for couples celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary, a testament to its enduring charm.
A gemstone that's often associated with love and success, topaz comes in a range of enchanting colors. The most traditional and well-known colour for topaz is golden yellow, often referred to as "imperial topaz," and it is the most highly prized. However, topaz can also be found in a spectrum of hues, from fiery oranges and warm pinks to tranquil blues. One of the most captivating aspects of topaz is its historical significance. In ancient times, this gem was believed to possess incredible powers. It was thought to bestow wisdom upon its wearers and protect them from harm. Its radiant colours were also said to bring the warmth of the sun to those who possessed it.
Citrine is a member of the quartz family and rates a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, it's a durable stone for regular wear but monthly maintenance and cleaning should be at the top of your agenda to ensure your setting is tight and oils haven't clouded or damaged the surface of the stone. Since natural yellow citrine is incredibly rare, most of the citrine on the market is the result of heat treating quartz, because of this you have to be careful with more exposure to high heat as this can cause your colour to fade.
In comparison, topaz rates at an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a robust stone for brides with busy hands. While yellow topaz is till considered the perfect version of the stone, blue and green topaz has become more and more popular for it's vibrant colour, hardness and beautiful cut; the colour however is created through heating and so just like with citrine avoid exposure to high heat or risk ruining the vibrant colour of your stone!