As is the case for anyone born in OctoberNovember babies are also blessed with of them birthstone options in the form of brilliantly shining topaz and citrine stones. You are in luck.
Topaz comes in a veritable rainbow of eye-catching hues ranging from purple to classic blue, while citrine birthstones are yellow and orange. Ultimately, both birthstone options will lift both your mood and your winter outfits with aplomb.
Do you feel exhausted? Same. As we head into the depths of winter, donning a November birthstone can bring soothing energy, as well as fortune and warmth – three things we could all say RN salute (hello, cost crisis of life).
So whether it’s a simple ring, an eye-catching necklace, or a jazzy pair of earrings, nothing will bring the recipient more joy than receiving November birthstone jewelry. . Likewise, if you’re looking for a new accessory and your birthday falls in November, why not treat yourself to a piece?
Read on for everything you need to know about the two November birthstones, how they can improve your life, and the best to buy for every budget…
Why does November have 2 birthstones?
Birthstones have been worn since ancient times and the original gemstone for November was topaz. However, many months of the year have acquired two birthstones due to gemstones becoming and falling out of style over time. In the case of November, citrine was later added as a more modern secondary birthstone, as it was the more affordable option. Gemstones often become so rare and expensive that the price is simply too high for buyers, hence the introduction of cheaper varieties. Who complains?
Topaz is the original corundum of November and has a plethora of color options, from light blue and yellow to purple, brown and even colorless. When most people think of topaz, they envision a gorgeous blue hue – and that’s because jewelers have treated colorless topaz with irradiation and heating, giving it that now iconic light blue hue.
The meaning of topaz is a bit vague. Some believe that the word “topaz” is derived from the Sanskrit word tapas (meaning “fire”), while others trace it back to the Greek topazes.
Either way, topaz is believed to have many benefits for those who wear it. Ancient Greeks claimed topaz gave them strength, Europeans believed it could thwart magic spells and dispel anger in the 1300s, and it has long been worn in India to enhance beauty, brains, and longevity. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac (an association that has been around for 230 years and claims an 80% accuracy rate for its weather forecasts), a gift of blue topaz would be a promise of love and loyalty, perhaps that’s why blue topaz is the fourth wedding anniversary gem and imperial topaz is the 23rd wedding anniversary gem.
Citrine, believed to derive from the French word for “lemon” (lemon), was added more recently as a secondary birthstone for November – but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t long been appreciated for its benefits and aesthetic qualities.