November - TOPAZ/CITRINE

November - TOPAZ/CITRINE

If you were born in November, both Citrine and Topaz are your birthstones.

Citrine has its name from the latin word for the colour 'yellow'. In ancient times Citrine was thought to channel the yellow ray, supporting the body. It was carried to protect against evil thoughts and snake venom. In modern times, people, who use crystals for healing, use Citrine for upliftment. Citrines range in colour from a very pale yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown to reddish-brown. Citrine crystals can form together with Amethyst or Smoky Quartz, forming a bi-coloured quartz called 'Ametrine', which is a golden yellow/ medium blue stone. Citrine is traditionally given at 13th and 17th Wedding anniversaries. Citrine is used to bring clarity and awareness, the yellow colour symbolising wisdom, joy and happiness.

Topaz: Its name stems from the old language Sanskrit, meaning 'Fire'. Topaz has a wide range of colours, red, orange, peach, pink, gold, yellow, brown and totally clear. Naturally pale to medium blue Topaz is enhanced by irradiation to produce a more intense blue colour. The ancient Egyptians believed that the colour of Topaz is owed to the golden glow of their mighty Sun-God 'Ra' and Adornments containing a Topaz were considered to be powerful amulets against harm. In addition to that the ancient Greek believed, this gem possessed the power to increase strength. Today Topaz is used to treat insomnia, it stimulates blood circulation and increases appetite. Probably the most famous Topaz is a colourless, clear one that originally was long thought to be a Diamond. It is a 1680-carat stone known as the 'Braganca Diamond' that is set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels. Topaz is traditionally given on 4th, 19th and 23rd Wedding Anniversaries.

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