It’s November – can you believe 2022 is drawing to a close? 2022 has been an eventful year filled with gorgeous birthstones. Today, we’re celebrating the month of November with everything you need to know about its birthstones, topaz, and citrine:
Follow our blog to catch December’s birthstone and a recap of this year’s birthstone features.
What defines topaz? Beautiful but durable.
Topaz is pleochroic, meaning that the gemstone can show different colors in different crystal directions.
|Did You Know? Topaz was the original birthstone for November before citrine was introduced.|
What Color Does Topaz Come In?
Topaz has an exceptionally wide color range that, besides brown, includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Colorless topaz is plentiful, and is often treated to give it a blue color. From colorless to rich blues – you’re bound to find a topaz that suits you.
Where Is Topaz On The Mohs Scale?
Topaz is listed as an 8 on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness. Due to its strength, topaz can be worn in all sorts of everyday jewelry from a bracelet to a pendant necklace.
Where Is Topaz Mined?
Topaz deposits are found in the United States, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Russia, and China.
The "Braganza Diamond"
The most famous topaz is a colorless topaz originally thought to be a diamond. It is a 1680-carat stone known as the "Braganza Diamond" set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels.
Topaz High Jewelry
Chopard Topaz and Sapphire Earrings
21.9cts of Brilliant-Cut Topaz and 17.1cts of Sapphire Cabochons
Chopard Cocktail Ring
18k White Gold with Tanzanite, Sapphire and Blue Topaz
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Pear-Shaped Blue Topaz Earrings with Diamond Trio in 14k White Gold at Blue Nile
Octagon Sky Blue Topaz Eternity Band in Sterling Silver
Citrine is quartz that comes in a range of Fall-like colors ranging from yellow to a darker orange. Citrine is the go-to choice of stone for Fall.
Where Is Citrine On The Mohs Scale?
Citrine is listed as a 7 on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness. Just like topaz, citrine can be worn in all sorts of everyday jewelry from cocktail rings to earrings.
Where Is Citrine Mined?
In Madagascar and the Russian Ural Mountains. The majority of citrine, or amethyst that has been heated, originates in Brazil. Some gems from Bolivia can contain both the colors of amethyst and citrine in the same crystal.
Ametrine is a natural type of quartz also known as trystine or by its trade name bolivianite. Amethyst and citrine are mixed together, boasting shades of purple and yellow or orange. Ametrine is mined in Bolivia.
|Did you know? Citrine is the traditional 13th-year wedding anniversary gift.|
The Jolie Citrine Necklace
64 Graduated Citrine Gems, each Bezel set in 18-Karat Yellow Gold with a 177.11-Carat Pear-Shaped Drop
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Cushion Cut Citrine and Diamond Accent Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Cushion Cut Citrine and Diamond Accent Pendant in 14k Yellow Gold
Have you learned something new about November’s birthstones, topaz, and citrine? Do you have any topaz or citrine consumer-related questions? Do you own any topaz or citrine jewelry? Let us know by clicking the comments button below.
Written by Bianca Mac Donald