November has 2 Birthstones – Citrine and Topaz
Citrine is a variety of Quartz which gets its color from the presence of iron. Colors ranging from pale to golden yellow, honey or almost brown and may contain rainbow or sparkle inclusions.
Hardness on the MOHS scale is a 7. A perfect stone for jewelry as it is durable. It’s found in Brazil, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, Zambia and Colorado. The name appears to be taken from the French word “Citron” (lemon) referring to its color.
The healing properties are said to be that ist helps with circulation as well as hyperactivity. It also aids in anxieties. It enhances masculine energy. It also supports vitality and promotes health and is commonly known as the healing crystal. Everything about this stone emanates positivity and joy. Known as well as the money stone because it is believed to elevate optimism and energy and therefore bring you to a place of opportunity, prosperity and abundance.
Topaz symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make the wearer invisible. The gem was also thought to reduce fevers and calm anger as well as reduce asthma, improve vision and prevent premature death. It is a symbol of honor and strength and believed to bring longevity and wisdom.
In the Middle Ages-500-1500 AD, topaz was ground into powder and mixed with wine to guarantee a good night’s sleep. It is believed to help balance the emotions and has been said, if you dream of topaz, a problem you have been struggling with will soon be solved.
Topaz is colorless, but impurities turn it almost any hue, with yellow to amber being the traditional colors. Blue topaz is very rare in nature, those available for sale have been treated. Imperial topaz, a reddish orange gem with pink undertones, is the most valuable form.
Topaz is a 8 on the MOHS scale and can be found most often in Brazil.