The months are flying by at lightening speed! This year is getting closer to coming to an end, but we still have two months to have some fun in 2015! Especially with this months birthstones! The great “Healing Quartz,” aka Citrine and Topaz take the center stage as the focus for the November birth babies.
It’s hard to choose which one to talk about first because their stories are so intertwined… just to get things moving here let us start with Topaz.
Topaz is formed in crystals often in the last stages of solidification in igneous rock. They are from fluorine-bearing vapors in cavities of lava and granitic rock. The most notable deposits of Topaz are in Brazil at the Ouro Preto and Minas Gerais mines. Other deposits are in Siberia, Ural Mountains, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Topaz has a vitreous or glassy luster and appearance. There is a range of colors that Topaz can be found in, but not nearly as robust as say Tourmaline.
Reddish-yellow (Imperial Topaz)
Orange-brown (Sherry Topaz)
Clear (Slaves Diamonds)
For a little history surrounding this magnificent stone…Topaz has been known for over 2000 years and is one of the gemstones which form the foundations of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem. The stones that make up the twelve gates are intended to serve in the protection against enemies and as a symbol of beauty and splendor. Interesting if I do say so myself. There are many mysteries surrounding the name “topaz” and where it comes from. According to Pliny (an Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher), the name was derived from Topazios. Topazios, which is an island in the Red Sea, got its name from the Greek word meaning “to gues” because the island was often obscured by fog and was difficult to find.
I must mention here that Topaz is associated with other months besides November. The specific color associated with this month is the Yellow Topaz. This gemstone strengthens faith and optimism while assisting in recognizing ones abilities and it instills a drive toward recognition and attracts helpful people! That sounds like one amazing stone! This stone is absolutely known for its love and good fortune.
NOW… on to the next birthstone for this month, don’t worry we will touch upon some more of Topaz and these two are intimately intwined.
Citrine is the name given to Quartz with iron mineral inclusions, the oxidation of iron is which turns it the golden hue. Citrine is quite rare in its natural form, mostly because of its close association to Amethyst. Amethyst, which also gets its color from iron its just at a different oxidation state. Heated Amethyst is easily turned into the yellow that we call Citrine, and what is mostly commonly bought. If you want to read about Quartz, the mother mineral of both of these stones check out the other blog post that I wrote up here.
Anyways, back to Citrine. Many people have come to know this stone under a different name, golden Topaz, Madeira, Spanish Topaz… this list goes on. See how the “Topaz” is coming back here- I told ya so! In fact, Citrine has very little to do with the actual qualities of Topaz. Topaz is a much higher-quality gem. The name Citrine is derived from its color “the yellow of the lemon.” The color of Citrine ranges from a clear to yellowish brown red.
Citrine is also known as the “Success Stone or Merchant’s Stone.” The stone is full of bright energy and is very joyful. Its main properties lie in its ability to raise good fortune and good luck although they appear in unexpected ways. Citrine is a great stone that can be used to combat negative energy of any kind by breaking them up and dissipating, but it never absorbs the energy and therefore doesn’t need to be cleansed. It is particularly helpful in clearing unwanted energies from any environment such as the home, office, car or any spaces in or outside.
Oh the wonderful gemstones of November … Feel like wearing some of these amazing stones? Check out these pieces that I have created!