November's Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

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Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. Both November birthstones are known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer. 

Through much of history, all yellow gemstones were considered topaz and all topaz was thought to be yellow. Topaz is available in many colors, and it’s likely not even related to the stones that first donned its name. Today, it describes the mineral aluminum fluoro-hydroxy silicate, the hardest of all silicate minerals. Topaz is found in igneous rocks and sometimes hydrothermal veins.

November’s second birthstone, citrine, is a variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these lemon-inspired shades. Citrine is a form of pale yellow to dark amber quartz, with its yellow tones coming from iron. As one of the more affordable gems, citrine makes for a good choice if you want an eye-catching ring or pendant with a larger gemstone.

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