Saturday, November 01, 2014

Topaz or Citrine ... November Birthstone

November 1, 2014 ~   November is the eleventh month of the year and its birthstones are topaz and citrine both of which are yellow in colour .Although topaz is orange, it also comes in other colors such as blue, pink, yellow, and purple. The range of color for citrine is much smaller, ranging between yellow to dark orange.

The citrine – November’s official birthstone – is known for its romantic and sunny hue. 

The word citrine stems from the French word for lemon, and citrine gemstones range in 
color from light yellows to deep oranges. They are said to bring vitality and energy to the wearer. You’ll find an assortment of beaded citrine jewelry at My-SECRET-Corner, such as  earrings, necklaces and bracelets in amazing handcrafted designs. Symbolizing hope and strength, November birthstone jewelry makes the perfect gift for any recipient no matter what the occasion. (excerpt from Helzberg Diamonds a Berkshire Hathaway Company )

While on the other hand, Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is usually tinted by impurities; typical topaz is wine, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange, or blue brown. It can also be made white, pale green, blue, gold, pink (rare), reddish-yellow or opaque to transparent/translucent.
Orange topaz, also known as precious topaz, is the traditional November birthstone, the symbol of friendship, and the state gemstone of the US state of  Utah.

The word ‘topaz,’ birthstone for the month of November, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger. As medication, topaz was used to cure fever.

During the Middle Ages, the topaz was used mostly by royalty and clergy. A 13th century belief held that a topaz engraved with a falcon helped its wearer cultivate the goodwill of kings, princes and magnates.

Topaz was once thought to strengthen the mind, increase wisdom, and prevent mental disorders. It was thought to guard against sudden death. Powdered topaz added to wine was used to prevent asthma and insomnia. A cure for weak vision called for immersing the stone in wine for three days and nights, then rubbing the liquid on the eyes.

The zodiac signs for this month ( Oct 23 to Nov 21 ) are Scorpio. Scorpio is the eighth sign of the astrological year and is known by its astrological symbol, the Scorpion. Scorpio individuals are enigmatic, strong-willed, and passionate. With Pluto as the ruling planet, people born under this sign are considered to be dynamic and extreme in their opinions.