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Citrine and Topaz for November

Nov 2

Revered as a gift of the sun by the ancients, Citrine was believed to inspire optimism and good spirit.  Sister to Amethyst, this golden quartz-family gem is a symbol of warmth and affection.

A November birthstone, Citrine is the recommended gift for the 13th wedding anniversary, signifying fidelity and bliss.  The gemstone of joy and contentment, Citrine illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.

Derived from the French word citron, meaning lemon, Citrine can vary in color from pure yellow to golden honey to smoky brown.  Of all the earth-toned gemstones, Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable.  Known for having good luster, Citrine is available in all sizes.  Generally, intense orange colors are most valuable.

Heating various types of quartz produces Citrine.  Heat enhancement is also routinely performed to lighten Citrine’s color.  To clean Citrine, use warm soapy water and a soft brush.  An ultrasonic cleaner is generally safe, but a steamer is risky.  Avoid contact with harsh chemicals.


Nov 1

The name Topaz derives from the ancient Sanskrit word topas, meaning fire.  Topaz was thought to fuel matters of the heart, inspire courage, increase intuition and sharpen wit.

A November birthstone, Topaz is recognized as a gift for the 23rd wedding anniversary, symbolizing love, truth and devotion.  Topaz was believed to sweeten dreams and dispositions.  The gemstone of friendship, Topaz reveals the gracious and charismatic qualities of those who wear it.

Topaz comes in a variety of colors with the rarest being natural pink, red and fine golden orange.  Intense fiery-golden imperial Topaz, particularly in medium to large sizes, is considered among the most valuable.  The abundance of blue Topaz makes it the most affordable.

Colorless Topaz is routinely heated and irradiated to produce blue, red or green colors.  Topaz in yellow and orange is occasionally irradiated to intensify color.  Brown Topaz is not commonly enhanced.  To clean Topaz, use warm water, a soft damp cloth and a soft brush.  Although Topaz is hard, it cleaves and a sudden impact can cause a break.


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