As we move from Fall to Winter, perhaps it is only fitting that November is represented by two sun gems!
Imperial Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November and is the rarest and the most expensive variety of Topaz. Treasured for its vibrant reddish orange hue with pink undertones, the primary source for precious topaz is Brazil. Topaz can be found in many hues including yellow, blue, green, red, pink and violet.
Imperial Topaz is the colour of the sunset and this is perhaps why Ancient Egyptians associated the gemstone with their Sun God Ra, as did the Romans with Jupiter. Legends connected to the Topaz included its abilities to increase ones strength and intellect or to render one invisible when worn. They even were known to add powdered Topaz to wine as a cure for insomnia or asthma.
Citrine is the yellow variety of Quartz and a popular choice of consumers as an alternative November Birthstone. Citrine’s name derives from the French “citron” for lemon and has been used in jewellery for thousands of years. Its popularity has endured in modern times given its durability and affordability making it the perfect choice for all types of jewellery, especially when complementing a wardrobe featuring “grays” or “earth tones”. It was particularly popular with celebrities during the Art-Deco period and graced the likes of Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.
Citrine was reputed to be able to calm tempers and as a protection against snake venom. Perhaps its most interesting legend has to do with its reputation as “The Merchant’s Stone” and its ability to attract prosperity.