Glisten in November

With Topaz and Citrine


November is an exciting month. From enjoying changes in the weather, to celebrating with friends and family over good food and everything in between, it’s the perfect time to reflect on all the things we can be thankful for. November’s birthstones embody the charm of the season so well – whether you were born during this month, or just appreciate the allure of the stones, you are sure to be captivated by them. Join us as we learn more about November’s birthstones, exploring their history, fun facts, and the many reasons why they continue to capture the hearts of many.

The Gemstones for November   


Topaz has been called a stone of radiance by gem enthusiasts and professionals. This stone has a dazzling history – it has been cherished for thousands of years and has been mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Bible. It was believed to bring protection and strength to its wearers. The origin of the word “topaz” is a matter of debate among scholars. Some suggest it may be derived from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” signifying “fire,” while others link it to the Greek term “topazos.”

Topaz is known for its diverse range of colors, from rich orange and imperial red to serene blue and sunny yellow. Some of the most prized topaz gems are the rare “imperial topaz” with a fiery orange hue.

Topaz is mined in several countries around the world, including Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, and Mexico. The mining process for topaz varies depending on the location and the scale of mining operations, but it’s important to note that responsible mining practices, including minimizing environmental impact and ensuring the safety and fair treatment of workers, are increasingly emphasized in the modern gemstone industry. Ethical and sustainable mining practices are essential to preserving the environment and supporting the well-being of mining communities.


Citrine, with its warm and light disposition, is the perfect complement to November. Citrine has been used in jewelry for centuries, but its modern popularity surged during the Art Deco era. It was often used in glamorous and intricate designs during this time. In ancient times, the Greeks fashioned exquisite rock crystal ornaments, their brilliance reminiscent of glistening permafrost. Historical accounts mention the presence of citrine in Roman jewelry. This gemstone also found favor in Scottish jewelry during the Victorian era. The name “citrine” is believed to originate from the French word “citron,” meaning lemon.

Citrine is known for its golden and amber hues, evoking the warmth of the sun. The most prized citrine gems exhibit a deep and vibrant orange color.
Citrine is mined in places like Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia, Bolivia, the United States, Spain, Uruguay, Russia, Scotland, and Namibia. While citrine is mined in these locations, the gemstone can also be heat-treated to enhance its color. This treatment is widely accepted in the gemstone industry and is used to produce golden and orange hues that are typically associated with citrine.

Fast Facts About Topaz

  • Some of the most prized topaz gems are the rare “imperial topaz” with a fiery orange hue.
  • Blue topaz is the designated gemstone for celebrating the fourth wedding anniversary, while imperial topaz is traditionally associated with the 23rd wedding anniversary.
  • One of the most famous topazes, the “Braganza Diamond,” is actually colorless and was once mistakenly thought to be the largest diamond in the world. It’s now part of the Portuguese Crown Jewels.
  • Topaz is believed to have healing properties that promote emotional balance, calmness, and clarity, making it a cherished gemstone for inner peace.
  • Topaz can reach remarkable sizes, with the heaviest topaz on record residing in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. This exceptional gemstone boasts a weight of 600 pounds.

Fast Facts About Citrine

  • This gemstone is often given for 13th wedding anniversaries.
  • Citrine is often associated with prosperity and success, earning it the nickname “The Merchant’s Stone.” Some believe that it can attract wealth and abundance.
  • Today, the majority of citrine gemstones are produced through the heat treatment of amethyst. Due to its widespread availability in a wide range of sizes, citrine is regarded as one of the most sought-after and cost-effective yellow gemstones.
  • The largest citrine in the world was found in Brazil between 1980-1990 and weighs more than 20,000 carats.
  • When a single crystal displays both amethyst and citrine colors, it is referred to as “ametrine.” These distinct and rare gemstones have been discovered in Bolivia.

November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, offer a delightful contrast of colors and qualities, reflecting the Thanksgiving season. Whether you were born in November or simply appreciate the beauty and symbolism of these gemstones, topaz and citrine continue to shine brightly with their vibrant hues and warm energy.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind topaz or citrine item? You can count on us. With an extensive and exclusive selection of gemstones and fine jewelry, Munchel’s Fine Jewelry can help you eliminate the guesswork and find the perfect piece.

About Munchel’s Fine Jewelry

Munchel’s Fine Jewelry Inc. is a family owned and operated business. We have been proudly serving Central Florida with quality jewelry and services for over three decades. Our commitment and dedication to our customers is what sets us apart. We offer a large selection of jewelry and collectible items, including coins, watches, lockets, and necklaces. In addition, we also buy, sell, and trade many types of timeless pieces. For more information, please contact us at (863) 619-6269 or visit our website at Munchels.com.

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