November's Birthstone: Topaz & Citrine

What Your November Birthstones Represent

They say good things come in pairs, and that includes November birthstones. While most months have only one birthstone to represent it, November has twice the fun with both citrine and topaz.

Why the double trouble? Because before the 20th century, people used the word topaz to describe any yellow gem. But now we know that citrine quartz and topaz are actually fairly different stones.

But despite their differences, both topaz and citrine are beautiful, good-quality gems that won’t break the bank. So if you’re trying to decide which November birthstone is right for you, read on to learn more about their meanings and how to take care of them.

The Meaning of November Birthstones

Topaz Birthstone Meaning and Background

Even though all yellow gems used to be called topaz, these November birthstones come in a wide range of colors. Topaz can be clear, blue, yellow, orange, pink, brown, violet, and occasionally red. Colorless topaz can also be turned various shades of blue with irradiation.

Topaz has been valued by people and cultures all around the world for centuries. According to the Gemological Institute of America, topaz was used everywhere from Ancient Greece to Renaissance England. Europeans thought it could break harmful spells and calm tempers, the Greeks carved topaz as amulets of strength, and the stone represents a long and beautiful life in India.

These days, topaz is a symbol of love and affection that brings intelligence and strength to the owner. So if you’re looking for November birthstone jewelry for a loved one, topaz is the perfect choice.

How To Take Care of Topaz

Topaz is a fairly hard stone, ranking an 8 on the Mohs hardness scale (for reference, diamonds are a 10 and talc is a 1). But despite this, there are some things to be aware of when wearing topaz if you want it to stay in good shape.

Though topaz is hard, it isn’t very tough. If you bang it into something with too much force or speed, you might cause the stone to chip or crack. And when you’re cleaning your topaz birthstone jewelry, make sure to use only warm, soapy water. To get better cleaning such as us using steam cleaning and ultrasonic cleaners, it is recommended to check with your jeweler as they can damage the stone and extreme temperature can change the stone as well. 

Topaz benefits:

Wearing a topaz stone or jewelry made with topaz stone helps bring happiness and inner peace, eliminates negative energy and help with depression.  It is also believed that Topaz helps enhance your creativity and increase concentration. You may have also heard that topaz can be called “lover of gold”, which means it brings good fortune. Check our topaz November birthstone jewelry to reserve your item.


November Birthstone: Citrine Quartz

Citrine Birthstone Meaning and Background

While topaz comes in all different shades, citrine quartz only ranges from light yellow to burnt orange. It takes its name from the french word for lemon, citron. It’s a form of quartz, like amethyst and agate. In fact, most citrine is actually amethyst treated with heat and pressure.

Naturally occurring citrine is fairly rare, but it’s been found in jewelry from ancient Rome and was especially popular in Victorian Britain after the Queen took a liking to the gem. These days, Kate Middleton is rocking the stone at royal outings.

Because it’s a form of quartz, citrine is abundant and affordable. Plus, it’s thought to encourage positive energy and prosperity. Who couldn’t use some of that?

How To Take Care of Citrine

Citrine weighs in at a 7 on the Mohs scale and is tough enough that you can rock your citrine birthstone jewelry everyday. It’s simple to clean--you just need warm soapy water and soft cloth. Also, make sure not to leave your citrine birthstone jewelry out in the sun for too long. Too much UV exposure can fade the color.

Citrine Benefits:

Citrine is also known as the “healing quartz.” Citrine is said to promote vitality and energy to its wearer, It is believed to improve digestion and purification of your body, so to help increase energy power and metabolism. Citrine creates wealth, abundance, and prosperity according to the Chinese Feng Shui. This means November birthstones will make excellent love offerings to the special person in your life. So why not you go for citrine jewelry.

Characteristics of Citrine:

According to member of quartz family symbolizes truth and integrity also considered treasured symbol of health, healing, clarity and success.

Citrine’s mohs hardness scale is 7 out of 10.

Fun Facts:

  • In the year 1768, the royal court of Portugal commemorated the discovery of imperial topaz (the birthstone of November).
  • Weighing 596 pounds, an well colorless topaz gemstone crystal was found in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • Blue topaz is considered and perfect traditional gift for 4th and 23rd wedding anniversaries.
  • Citrine also considered to gift on 13th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
  • Celebrities also wear the birthstone jewelry like Tara Reid and Kim Cattrall have been known to wear citrine rings.


Both topaz and citrine make for exquisite jewelry, though citrine is generally more affordable and easier to find. Consider a birthstone piece for the one you love, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or special celebration.

Topaz is also 4th wedding anniversary and 19th wedding anniversary stone. Thinking about anniversary gift with November stones or getting serious with your partner, check out our artistic handcrafted jewelry with November birthstones or promise rings with November birthstones, topaz and citrine.

November Birthstone Jewelry

Looking for stunning November birthstone jewelry handcrafted by amazing artists from around the world? Check out our selection of citrine and topaz birthstone jewelry today to find your new favorite piece!


24k Gold Blue Topaz Abstract Sculptural Pendant

24k Gold Blue Topaz Abstract Sculptural PendantA piece of art. This abstract Sculptural pendant is on omega neck ring. 925 oxidized silver, 24k gold, London blue topaz. 18" neck ring - 16" available.

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Redwood Pendant with Smoky Quartz

This oxidized silver and gold pendant is anchored by a 5mm smoky quartz set in 18K gold. Recycled sterling silver with 18K and 23K gold, oxidized silver chain adjusts from 18" - 20".

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Sand Texture Citrine Pendant in 18k Yellow Gold



Sand Texture Citrine Pendant made in 18k Yellow Gold.  Oval high quality citrine set in Sand Texture thick 18k Yellow Gold bezel. 

Dimensions: 18" long

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One of a kind ring hand carved and cast in 14K recycled yellow gold. Pear shaped imperial topaz.

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