November's Birthstones – Topaz and Citrine

November is another month with two lovely birthstones. The traditional birthstone for November is Topaz, while the modern November birthstone, Citrine, was added in 1912. If you were born in November find out what magical superstitions and mystical properties surround your November birthstones.

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What is Topaz?

Topaz is a precious gemstone that is typically found in amber yellows, browns, or colourless, but it can also be found in an array of other pretty colours. Topaz has a phenomena known as pleochroism, meaning that the colour can change depending on the angle of the light hitting it.

Different coloured topazes

You may have heard the names of different topaz variants, such as Imperial Topaz, Precious Topaz and Blue Topaz. Imperial Topaz and Precious Topaz are the same thing, and this yellow-gold topaz is the one considered the birthstone for November. Precious/Imperial Topaz is the colour of the sun, and one of the rarest variants. Occurring in shades of golden amber, with pink and red undertones, Precious Topaz is quite a hard, durable gemstone resistant to scratching, but it must be cut carefully as it can easily fracture. It's transparent, lustrous, and has very few inclusions.

Tiffany & Co.'s Gregorian Birthstone Poem, published in 1870, has this to say about November's topaz birthstone ...

Who first comes to this world below

In drear November’s fog and snow,