January: Garnet, February: Amethyst, March: Aquamarine, April: Diamond, May: Emerald, June: Pearl or Alexandrite, July: Ruby, August: Peridot, September: Sapphire, October: Tourmaline or Opal, November: Topaz or Citrine, December: Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise.

By Mark Johnson

Those born in November are fortunate to have two exciting types of gems as their birthstones. One is Topaz, which comes in a variety of colours, and the other is the warm, golden gemstone, Citrine.

Birthstones and their varied colours connect a person’s birth month to many rare and unusual gemstones. Birthstones are gems associated with the month that a person was born.

Birthstones make a meaningful gift for a relative, friend or loved one to celebrate a birthday. In addition, they make an excellent choice of gift to celebrate the birth of a new child. Birthstones work very well in rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.

Birthstones first make an appearance in the Bible, going back to the book of Exodus, worn on the breastplate of Aaron. The breastplate was set with 12 gemstones representing twelve tribes of Israel. This specific breastplate included the following gems: Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Topaz, Carbuncle, Sardius, Agate, Ligure, Amethyst, Onyx, Jasper, and Beryl.

Later in history, the 12 breastplate gemstones were associated with the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

Both Citrine and Topaz are associated with the birth month of November. Topaz is a popular and durable gem, occurring in a wide range of colours. Although topaz is frequently associated with a golden yellow colour, it exists in many colour variations. The rarest are natural pink, red, and fine golden orange. Its name is thought to derive from the Sanskrit word ‘Tapas’ for fire or from the name ‘Topazios’, referring to the ancient Greek name for St John’s Island in the Red Sea where the gem was said to be mined.

Citrine is the yellow variety of Quartz. Its name comes from the Old French word for Lemon. Its warm colour is said to be a gift from the sun. Citrine is the perfect gemstone choice for adding warmth and sunshine in the Autumnal month of November. In ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. The Egyptians were one of the first people to discover the yellow stone for use within a Talisman. For many, Citrine is a gem with healing properties. It calms, soothes and comforts. Also rumoured to help spark the imagination and encourage fresh beginnings in addition to prosperity.

Colin Clarke
Author: Colin Clarke