The Birthstone for November is Blue Topaz or Citrine November 12, 2021

Did you know that Blue Topaz is extremely rare?

It is said to believe that topaz portray healing and peace properties. The gemstone was founded by Romans over two millennia ago on an island in the Red sea. The Romans believed it would protect them from evil and their enemies. During the gold rush of the 18th century, the Brazilian topaz became very popular amongst European aristocracy. The famous exquisite Braganza topaz is set in the Portuguese Royal crown.

Colour

Topaz is a silicate mineral of fluorine and aluminium. Interestingly blue Topaz is more rare and therefore needs to be heated and irradiated to obtain its colour. However, the heat treatment or irradiation is permanent and it won’t discolour after time.

Blue Topaz can range from light blue to deep ocean blue. It also presents a slightly turquoise hue that resembles aquamarine. Due to the rarity of the topaz, it is important to treat this gemstone with the utmost care. We will be sharing some clean & caring tips with you too.

Care and Cleaning

Topaz is a natural crystal and therefore can be brittle if knocked or exposed to sudden change of temperature. It is recommended to use warm water and soap, use a cloth or soft toothbrush to clean your stone. Gently pat your topaz dry afterwards and it will be as good as new.

Planning your Christmas shopping

Can you believe we are approaching November already?! 

Now is the perfect time to start prepping for all your Christmas gifts. Spoil your special person with a divine item of Blue Topaz jewellery. These stones are perfect gifts for your 4th, 13th or 17th wedding anniversary as well. We also have gift vouchers that can be added or given as a gift for your loved ones to choose their own preferred item of jewellery. If you need any more convincing, the Blue Topaz appears in a variety of colours yellow, grey, red and colourless pale blue and pink. 

What about Citrine?

Is an alternative birthstone for the month of November. It is known as the 13th anniversary gift. Citrine pairs perfectly with tourmaline, peridot or aquamarine. Moreso, it was wildly popular in the 1940s for its retro style.

Colour

The citrine gemstone has a beautiful golden glow to it. For many years people have treasured it as the gift from the sun. The name is derived from the french  word citron, or lemon. The colour ranges from a light yellow to deep honey like yellows and browns. It is the perfect pop of colour to any outfit.

Meaning

Citrine has healing properties associated with it. Previously the warm colours evoked a sense of warmth, sun and illumination. The gemstone resembles romance, positivity, and happiness. Recently it has become the gemstone of vitality, freshness, new beginnings, mental clarity, and emotional well-being. 

None of us can deny that these last two years have been a roller coaster of emotions. We need to protect our emotional well-being daily. 

What a spectacular gift it would be?

Care & Clean

Citrine is not as brittle as topaz and is more durable. Although it is more durable it should avoid excessive exposure to high heat. To keep your gemstone clean try not wearing it whilst applying lotion or cleaning products. 

Clean with a mild dish soap in water with a soft brush behind the stone to remove any dust and greasiness.

There are many more interesting facts about these 2 gemstones, which we will be sharing throughout the month on our social media platforms. Stay tuned for this month’s content and follow us on Instagram or Facebook. 

We have both of these gorgeous birthstones available for you to view in our store. We would love for you to come visit and see our collections or have something made especially just for you with our collection of loose stones on display

Stay Beautiful,

Jackie Hahn & Penchant Design Team

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