Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones to choose from: Topaz and Citrine. Topaz comes in a rainbow of colors; Citrine is prized for its charming yellow and orange hues. Both November birthstones are known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer. Most Topaz and Citrine birthstones are pretty affordably priced. So, that's great... Guess you may as well, get BOTH!
The variety of Topaz hues includes colorless, light blue, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown and, very rarely, red.
Some believe the word “Topaz” comes from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means “fire.” Others trace it back to the Greek topazos. This November birthstone was long thought to have many benefits. The ancient Greeks believed that Topaz gave them strength. From the 1300s to the 1600s, Europeans thought it could thwart magic spells and dispel anger (That's handy!). For centuries, many people in India have believed that Topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty and intelligence (very nice, indeed!).
The distinctly pinkish orange Imperial Topaz has aristocratic cachet~ hey, hey! It is commonly believed that the name originated with the Russian royal family’s insistence on keeping the finest colors of this gem, which was mined in Russia’s Ural Mountains, exclusively for their use. An alternate explanation, especially popular in Brazil, is that it dates from an 1881 visit by Brazilian Emperor Pedro II to Ouro Preto—the town closest to Brazil’s most productive Topaz mines–and the gift of a reddish Topaz to him.
Blue topaz is the gem of the fourth wedding anniversary, and Imperial Topaz is the gem of the 23rd wedding anniversary.