Those who have November birthdays have a few beautiful types of birthstones to pick from: topaz or citrine. Topaz can come in a whole rainbow of different colours. And citrine is prized for its bright orange and yellow hues. Both of the November birthstones have calming energies while also bringing in fortune and warmth to whoever wears them. Many topaz and citrine birthstones are also affordable, since finding good quality gems is not as rare as some of their other counterparts. But that means that those with November birthdays have a lot of options to pick from. Your challenge can be deciding which one you want to pick.
There are many topaz hues, including colourless, light blue, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown, and rare red. Most of the blue topaz seen is the result of treating colourless topaz using irradiation and heat. The rainbow effect seen in mystic topaz is made from coating colourless topaz with a thin artificial film.
Topaz is mainly found in a state in Brazil called Minas Gerais, and it has been mined here for two centuries. Northwestern Pakistan is also known for producing pink topaz. Topaz is an eight on the Mohs scale of hardness, but it has poor toughness, so some level of care is required to avoid chipping or cracking. To clean topaz, you should not use steam cleaning or ultrasonic cleaners. You should use warm, soapy water. High heat or sudden temperature changes will cause internal breaks in topaz. Its colour is usually stable to light, but any prolonged exposure to heat or sunlight can cause some fading in yellow-brown gems. Topaz can also be affected by some chemicals.
Citrine is a transparent yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz, and it has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. Citrine has remained a popular gemstone since ancient times. Today, most of the citrin found in the market is the result of heat-treated amethyst. It is readily available in many sizes, making it one of the most affordable and sought-after gemstones.
The top sources of citrine include Bolivia, Spain, Madagascar, Mexico and Uruguay. Amethyst that is heat-treated is mined mostly in Brazil. Citrine is at a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness with good toughness. A citrine birthstone is usually durable enough for regular wear and care. It can be cleaned safely using warm, soapy water. It is usually risky to use an ultrasonic cleaner, high heat could cause the stone to crack.
Now that you know a little more about these two November birthstones and where you can find them, you could have some inspiration to add them to your collection.