November – Topaz and Citrine

November – Topaz and Citrine

Individuals born in November also have a choice between two beautiful gemstones – Topaz and Citrine. Both of them are believed to have calming energy, bring warmth and fortune to those who wear them. These gems look quite alike are often mistaken for each other.


Historically, topaz was considered to only be yellow and all yellow gemstones were considered to be topaz. However, this is not accurate as it comes in a variety of colours. Pure topaz is actually colourless, but it becomes tinted by impurities to take on any colour of the rainbow.

During Renaissance in Europe, people believed that topaz could break spells and quell anger. Hindus deemed topaz sacred, believing that a pendant could bring wisdom and longevity to one’s life. African shamans used topaz in their healing rituals. Topaz is said to calm temper and eliminate nightmares. In addition to being a birthstone for November, topaz is also gifted for 4th and 23rd wedding anniversaries.


This gemstone is called citrine because of its shades resembling lemon. The pale yellow colour closely resembles topaz. However, they are two different gemstones, with citrine being a variety of quartz. Its yellow hues are caused by traces of iron. However, this colour is relatively rare in nature.

It is also called “healing quartz” as it is believed to comfort, soothe and calm the wearer. It is thought to help release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. Some call it the “merchant’s stone” as it is believed to attract wealth and prosperity. In addition to being a birthstone for November, it is also common as a 13th wedding anniversary gift.