For this week’s blog, we are going to dive deeper into November birthstones and the two gemstones associated with it: Citrine and Topaz.
Citrine is famously known for its warm colors and is said to be a gift from the sun. It’s also known for its healing properties and is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination and personal well-being. It is a very warm and comforting stone, hence the connection with sunshine and the power it can provide to one’s internal energy. The frequency it gives off helps awaken one’s creativity and imagination and encourages a fulfilled life of new adventures and fresh starts.
Citrine is a transparent, yellow variety of quartz and can range in color from a pale to golden yellow, but can go as deep as a warm honey tone. Natural citrine is more of a pale yellow, compared to heat treated citrine which can be a deep amber, orange or reddish shade. The name citrine is derivative of the French word citron, (meaning lemon), due to its color variety and scale.
One of the main reasons why we love this gemstone is because it has a very modest price tag. Even larger sized citrine remains affordable as the price per carat does not rise too dramatically compared to most other gemstones. It is also one of the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones. We personally believe that citrine pairs so beautifully with yellow gold due to the contrast in the two color varieties.
Regardless if it’s a warmer or cooler tone, topaz is such a lustrous, brilliant and beautiful gem. It can range in colors of a lighter honey yellow, baby pink, and even an icy blue. Discovered in Portugal in 1769, Topaz comes in at an 8 on Mohs hardness scale which makes it a durable stone to incorporate into your fashion jewelry. The most sought after topaz in terms of color and value are the varieties ranging in an orangey red to deep red. The bluer varieties are more common which makes them less expensive and easier to imitate.
We love topaz because it is typically very eye-clean in terms of its clarity and more often than not has no inclusions visible to the naked eye. It is also considered pleochroic, meaning that the gem will show a variety of colors in different crystal directions. This is very admirable for those looking for a unique stone that has different hues of color throughout the internal, crystal structure.
Topaz is often referred to as the “crystal of potency”, with ends and facets that produce both positive and negative currents. It can be highly effective when used for positive affirmations, mediation and other metaphysical purposes. It is also esteemed for overall health and wellbeing. With all that being said, we love using topaz in our day to day fashion jewelry due to the lovely underlying meaning it encompasses.
If you are interested in branching out into other types of jewelry outside of Fine Diamond jewelry, we can easily help your creative thoughts come to life by designing a custom piece with November’s gorgeous birthstones. At the Diamond Reserve, we don’t stop at just diamonds! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to schedule your appointment!