November Birthstone: Short Historical Overview
At the beginning of the 20th century, Topaz was the sole gem to represent those born in November. Since 2013 onwards, however, Citrine has been also chosen as a November birthstone. The two gemstones have a funny history. Even if Topaz has been known since ancient times, over centuries it has been misidentified with Citrine.
Today, Topaz is known as the primary November birthstone and Citrine as the alternative gem for this month of the year. The following old Gregorian poem matching each month with a gem stands as evidence of this fact:
Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.
What is the birthstone for November in Oriental cultures? As recorded by a Hindu text from 1879, the November birthstone in Eastern societies is Cat’s Eye, which is a translucent yellowish silky chrysoberyl. In English-speaking communities, the gem has become popular in the 19th century when Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn gave a cat’s eye engagement ring to his future-to-be wife. From then on, Sri Lanka became one of the main sources for this increasingly wanted crystal.
As concerns the alternative birthstone for November, we have already taken a close look at Citrine’s meaning and marvelous properties. That is why in this post we are going to focus on the characteristics and powers of Topaz. To be more specific, we will refer to the orange variety of this gem since this is the type of Topaz representative for those born in November.
Topaz: a Crystal of Great Variety
Topaz is a versatile gem. The crystal comes in a variety of shades from red to yellow and brown. Pure topaz is colorless and translucent, but there are other famous varieties such as the Orange Topaz, also called Imperial Topaz, and Blue Topaz.
The term also refers to two different minerals. Few people know that we can distinguish between precious Topaz, which is a very rare aluminum silicate, and quartz Topaz, which you can find in popular use.
Some gemologists consider Citrine as a form of quartz Topaz, together with Smoky Quartz (also termed Scotch Topaz). These gems are mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Siberia, India, Mexico and the United States. Common to these varieties of quartz is the yellow to brown color that resembles the precious variety of Topaz the most.
The November birthstone color is thus that yellowish orange tone of Citrine. Once again, that means that among all types of Topaz, only the orange variety is considered representative for those born in the 11th month of the year.
The November Birthstone Color Symbolism: A Short Introduction to Color Psychology
Yellow and orange stones are under the influence of the Sun. They are believed to exert a considerable positive energy.
Psychological effects of yellow stones:
- increases humor and optimism;
- stimulates mental activity and memory;
- attracts attention (it is the first color perceived by the human eye);
- symbolizes youthfulness;
- enhances personal power.
Psychological effects of orange stones:
- stimulates imagination and creativity;
- intensifies pleasure and enthusiasm;
- reflects vitality;
- boosts sexual appetite;
- fosters emotional expression.
November Birthstone Meaning & Healing Properties
Orange Topaz is a symbol of prosperity and abundance. Not coincidentally it is referred to as the Imperial variety of this gemstone. Such rare gems used to be given to heads of states and diplomats as a sign of nobility.
Also, Orange Topaz represents the pillars of true friendships: loyalty, faithfulness, and constancy.
Physically, it influences those body parts corresponding to the location of the Solar Plexus Chakra, especially the digestive system.
Emotionally, this specific variety of Topaz fosters emotional healing by increasing your level of energy, joy, and optimism.
Spiritually, Orange Topaz is said to be the gem that helps its wearers to connect to the Divine consciousness. It promotes wisdom and faith on one hand, and it enables personal awareness and growth, on the other.
November Birthstone Jewelry: Short Guide
What better way to enhance the properties and powers of a gem than wearing the jewelry that relates to your birth month?
If you were born in November, you have the advantage of having Topaz both as an Astrological birthstone for Scorpio (24 October – 21 November) and the primary birthstone for Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December).
Also, you will find that this orange gem is best set in yellow gold, both elements of the Sun.
If you want to add more to your jewelry symbolic application, you can choose a November birthstone necklace made of both Citrine and Topaz.
A November birthstone ring is the ideal engagement ring, especially if your loved one is a Saggitarius. If given as a love charm to someone born under the ninth sign of the Zodiac, Topaz is believed to bring happiness and success.
Firm friendship is November’s, and she bears
true love beneath the Topaz that she wears
November birthstone earrings and bracelets are the perfect gifts for someone close to you. Topaz is also said to be the gem for 23rd wedding anniversaries.
No matter what type of jewelry item you choose either for yourself or as a birthday gift, note that Topaz is a delicate gem. That is why it is not meant for rough wearing, such as Agate. Look for something that can be worn daily such as earrings, pendants, and bangle bracelets.
We hope you enjoyed our article on one of the most beautiful varieties of Topaz. There are other miraculous gems waiting to be discovered. Here at AccessGems.com, we want to share with you the powerful stories stones and healing crystals tell. We have a full birthstone jewelry guide and an extensive introduction to gemstones meanings and properties. Enjoy reading and stay tuned! There is always more to learn about gems.