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November Birthstone: Citrine or Topaz?

November birthdays are associated with two gems; Citrine and Topaz. The warm color of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it's believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desirable in its rich orange color, called Imperial Topaz, but it is found in a variety of ring colors like, pink, blue and yellow.


Three examples of citrine:

The concept of a birthstone has been around for centuries, but how did certain gemstone become associated with the months of the year? Experts believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible. In Exodus 28, Moses sets forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.


Later, these twelve stones were likely also linked to the twelve signs of the zodiac.  Eventually, they also became associated with the twelve months of the calendar year.

In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers (now called Jewelers of America) met in Kansas and officially adopted a list. The Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the list in 1952 by adding Alexandrite for June, citrine for November and pink tourmaline for October. They also replaced December's lapis with zircon and switched the primary/alternative gems for March. The American Gem Trade Association added tanzanite as a December birthstone in 2002. In 2016, the American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America added spinel as an additional birthstone for August. Britain's National Association of Goldsmiths created their own standardized list of birthstones in 1937.

Topaz

No matter your birthstone, there are no rules as to what you wear! So, wear what you love!

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