I get excited each month introducing the birthstone for it. There is usually more than one birthstone associated to each month, for November the beautiful Citrine Quartz and Topaz are two to admire.
Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz. Legend has it, according to the GIA, "Egyptians gathered ornately striped agates from the shore and used them as talismans, the ancient Greeks carved rock crystal ornaments that glistened like permafrost, and the hands of Roman pontiffs bore rings set with huge purple amethysts. Natural citrine is rare, and today most citrine quartz is the result of heat treatment of amethyst quartz. Even so, gems from the Victorian era have surfaced, and it’s not hard to imagine that citrine was treasured even in earlier times." Natural citrine is rare, most of the citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment, which causes some amethyst to change color from undesirable pale violet to an attractive yellow. The amethyst’s original hue can determine the richness of the resulting citrine’s yellow color. Citrine used to be confused with topaz depending on its color. The varieties of blue Topaz get me all excited.
The blue topaz gemstone is one of my favorites. Blue is my favorite color so naturally I am drawn to topaz. Well, and aquamarine. "Topaz actually has an exceptionally wide color range that, besides brown, includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Colorless topaz is plentiful, and is often treated to give it a blue color. Topaz is also pleochroic, meaning that the gem can show different colors in different crystal directions." according to the GIA website. The history and lore of the Topaz is just as interesting as the Citrine.
**Photo of Topaz ring is of our brand new Fine Jewelry Line The Irmgard Collection. Influenced from my late mom's wedding ring. Coming January 2020.
Taken from the GIA website (I love their knowledge of gems) - "Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. (The island never produced topaz, but it was once a source of peridot, which was confused with topaz before the development of modern mineralogy.) Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit (an ancient language of India) and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”
The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength. In Europe during the Renaissance (the period from the 1300s to the 1600s) people thought that topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. For centuries, many people in India have believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence.
The name for imperial topaz originated in nineteenth-century Russia. At the time, the Ural Mountains were topaz’s leading source, and the pink gemstone mined there was named to honor the Russian czar. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the royal family."
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