The November Birthstone is Topaz
The traditional birthstone for November is warm yellow-orange Topaz (also known as Imperial Topaz) and thus the November birthstone color is yellow. The alternative November gemstone is sunny yellow Citrine and both Topaz and Citrine are listed as official birthstones for November.
The main Zodiac birthstone for Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) is Beryl with Topaz as one of the secondary stones, and Topaz is the main Zodiac stone for Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21). Citrine is one of the secondary astrological birthstones for the Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21) star sign. Other birthday symbols include the birth flower for November which is the Chrysanthemum.
Some references say the name Topaz originates from Sanskrit tapas meaning ‘fire’ or ‘heat’. Others references say the name came from an Egyptian island in the Red Sea originally called Topazos - where a yellow stone was mined. The word Citrine means 'lemon colored' or 'yellow' from French citrin and Latin citrus.
The gemstone Topaz symbolizes constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and friendship and Citrine is associated with happiness and success.
The November Birthstone Color is Yellow
The November birthstone color of yellow comes from the November gemstones yellow-orange Topaz, also called golden Topaz, and yellow Citrine.
Pure Topaz is actually transparent and it is impurities that create the different colored varieties. In addition to the yellow to orange range, Topaz also occurs in exquisite shades of blue, pale green, pink and red. Natural blue Topaz is very rare and most of the blue Topaz in the market is colorless Topaz that has been treated.
Natural golden Topaz, under the trade name of Imperial Topaz, is quite rare and not often found in jewelry. Usually clear Topaz is treated to produce beautiful sunset colors such as Mystic Topaz which is often found in November jewelry.
Most precious Topaz used in jewelry comes from Brazil and Russia, but Imperial Topaz is only found in Brazil.
Discover more about topaz gemstones and topaz history and symbolism.
The Alternative November Birthstone is Citrine
The second or alternative birthstone for November is Citrine, a pale yellow quartz which occurs very rarely in nature. The only location known to date is a mine in Bolivia. Citrine gemstones are also known as lemon quartz or cognac quartz.
When Amethyst quartz is heated it transforms to Citrine quartz and in some deposits geological heating has caused this process to occur naturally. In other instances Amethyst is mined and then manually heated to produce Citrine. This process is followed in Brazilian mines where much of the world's Amethyst is found.
When both Amethyst and Citrine are intermingled in the stone, it is called Ametrine, and can be found naturally in Bolivia.
Citrine is a readily available gemstone and is popular in November earrings and other gemstone jewelry.
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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS
Birthstone: Topaz (yellow/orange)
Alternative birthstone: Citrine
Official birthstones: Topaz and Citrine
Birthstone color: yellow
Birth flower: Chrysanthemum
Zodiac star sign: Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 21)
Zodiac star sign: Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)
4th wedding anniversary: Blue Topaz
13th wedding anniversary: Citrine
23rd wedding anniversary: Imperial Topaz
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