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November's Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Published on Oct 26th 2023

November's Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

November is characterized by a transition from autumn's rich colors to winter's cozy warmth. Two beautiful birthstones honor this metamorphosis: topaz and citrine. These gemstones are known for their stunning colors and unique qualities, making them a perfect representation of November's vibrant charm.

(Left: Jaipur Blue Topaz Studs; Right: Jaipur London Blue Topaz Studs, both by Marco Bicego)


Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November, admired for centuries for its captivating beauty. The name "topaz" is believed to be derived from the Greek word "topazion," which originates from the Sanskrit word "tapas," meaning fire. This name reflects the gem's warm and fiery appearance. 

Topaz comes in various colors, from golden amber and warm peach to striking blue and sherry red. One of the most famous and highly prized colors of topaz is the Imperial Topaz, which displays a magnificent reddish-orange hue.

Topaz is known not only for its vibrant colors but also for its remarkable clarity and brilliance. It has a high refractive index, which means it can disperse light to create a dazzling play of color, similar to a diamond. This makes topaz a popular choice for various types of jewelry, from rings and necklaces to earrings.

(Top left: Citrine Birthstone Bead Necklace; top right: citrine birthstone bead bracelet, both by EF Collection; bottom: Jaipur Citrine Studs)


Citrine is often called the "healing quartz" due to its soothing, sunny appearance. Its name is derived from the French word "citron," meaning lemon, accurately reflecting its vibrant yellow to golden hues. Citrine is a variety of quartz loved for its warm, uplifting color. 

Citrine is often associated with joy, positivity, and abundance, but its availability makes it even more special. Unlike some other precious gemstones, citrine is relatively accessible. Its affordability and beautiful color have made it a favored gem for various treasures, from rings and pendants to earrings and bracelets. It is also the choice of many when celebrating a 13th wedding anniversary or crafting an engagement ring. 

November's birthstones, topaz and citrine, are two exquisite gemstones that beautifully capture the essence of this transitional month. While topaz displays a range of fiery and captivating colors, citrine's sunny disposition brings joy and positivity to those who wear it. Whether you are drawn to topaz's fiery brilliance or citrine's bright glow, your favorite piece is waiting at Razny Jewelers. 

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