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Topaz is November’s birthstone, and although it comes in a wide range of colours, yellow-brown is the combination commonly recognized. Topaz is a silicate mineral; the varieties of minerals naturally form a variety of colours. It is a hard gem.
Most famously, topaz comes from Brazil. However, it can be found in Mexico, Australia, Africa, Russia Europe and the US.
Historically, the name topaz was attached to many stones yellowish in colour. Topaz was associated with wealth and during the Middle Ages was believed to have incredible powers of healing. It was thought to promote a pleasant nature, patience and love.
While many topaz stones are heat-treated to improve their colour or hue, the treatment is harmless and permanent. Conventional jewellery cleaners are safe to use on all colours of topaz and keep gems looking their best.
Citrine is another warm yellow stone named as a November birthstone, as it is often thought to resemble topaz. Citrines vary in their range of yellow tones, and some are even a deep orange (Madiera citrine).
Along with amethyst, citrines are a member of the quartz family. Like topaz, citrines are largely found in Brazil.
Citrine was thought to bring happiness, hope and relaxation. Wearing citrine promoted health and cheer.
Citrines may also be heat-treated to help them achieve the most beautiful hues. Conventional cleaning is appropriate for citrines, but rough wear can potentially scratch their surface.