Opal watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu
November is another month that has two birthstones: Citrine, and Topaz. Citrine is becoming harder and harder to find as an authentic gemstone as the vast majority of citrine is actually heated amethyst. Just google “citrine heat treated amethyst” to see more articles about it than you care to read ;) We’ll be focusing on Topaz instead.
Topaz is a type of silicate mineral, and is the hardest silicate on the Mohs scale (8:10). Topaz is a fairly transparent mineral and because it’s so hard, it has become used widely in jewelry. Commonly known for a beautiful amber brown, yellow color, Topaz actually comes in a variety of colors from blue, all the way to pink and red.
It’s name derives from Topazios, the Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. The yellow stones mined there later were discovered to be olivine, but the name ha already stuck. Brazil produces the largest quantity of topaz, however it is mined all over the world. Utah’s state gem is Topaz.
Topaz is a stone of love and great fortune, and is effective in bringing successful achievement of goals. It is good for attracting the right person into one’s life, for friendship, love or professional settings, or to improve relationships. It brings forth honesty, faithfulness and trust.
Check out our November birthstone offerings here