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The Great November Confusion

Many November-born people aren’t too happy with their birthstone, and I can see their point. For years, department stores selling poorly made jewelry have advertised a very low quality yellow Citrine (which is a completely different mineral from Topaz) as the birthstone for November. I’d like to set the record straight for all November-borns, including my own Mom!




Colors: Topaz is naturally found in a variety of colors. Warm browns, luscious pinks, fiery oranges, honey yellows, cool greens, royal purple, pale blues, and even colorless, which are usually treated to create a crisp blue. Some of these colors can even rival Sapphires when it comes to the richness of color! As with Sapphire, it is the additional trace elements that give Topaz its various colors, for instance, chromium can make Topaz red, pink, or violet-to-purple colors. One of the interesting things about Topaz is that it can be pleochroic which means it can show different colors in different crystal directions!


Imperial Topaz: Imperial Topaz is one of the most expensive colors of Topaz. It is a medium reddish orange to orange-red in color. The royal name comes from an early source of Topaz in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was called Imperial in honor of the royal family who were the only people allowed to possess and wear it. Today, most of the Imperial Topaz, some claim all, come from two mines in Brazil.


Topaz had significance in the ancient world, and well into modern society. It was believed to be colored by the sun god, Ra, in ancient Egypt. The Greeks believed it could make the wearer invisible in an emergency, and for centuries, the people of India believed it brought long lift, beauty and intelligence. Topaz was seen as beautiful, mysterious, royal, and powerful which brought its wearer the same kinds of attributes. It is a shame that department stores have sullied its reputation making November-borns dislike their own birthstone. But, now you know its real value and beauty!


I would love to help you find a beautiful Topaz to wear whether you are November-born or not! Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge brings back the joy and confidence of jewelry shopping, so that you can celebrate with ease! My by-appointment approach means:

  • One-on-one appointments (personal attention and no crowds!)

  • Discretion and privacy (surprises remain surprises!)

  • Expert help from a Graduate Gemologist with 24 years of experience (yep, that’s me!)

Book your FREE appointment with me today! www.angelacisneros.com/book-appointment


Photo Credit: Erica Courtney Jewelry

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