Topaz and Citrine are so interesting!

The fall season is here and congratulations to all those with a November birthday because topaz and citrine are the birthstones of the month. Nothing pairs better with warm autumn colors than a golden imperial topaz or a deep yellow-orange citrine.  Learn more about this month’s birthstone with these fun facts.

  • The rarest and most prized topaz is orangey red to red, referred to in the trade as imperial topaz. You can see one at the top of our November Birthstone post!
  • Topaz is a Type I meaning typically eye clean stone with no inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.
  • Topaz crystal are commonly elongated column shapes which is why the majority are cut into pear and oval shapes in order to follow the path of its natural crystal structure.
  • With the exception of the imperial variety, topazes naturally occur as large crystals that will yield hefty carat weight finished gems.
  • Topaz gems allow for a very fine polish creating an excellent grade finish on most stones.
  • Blue topaz is the gemstone assigned to the 4th anniversary and Imperial topaz is the gems for 23rd anniversaries.
  • Although it is often found naturally in crystal for, a large portion of the citrine in the market comes from heat treatment applied to amethyst creating that vivid yellow color that makes citrine such a popular stone.
  •  Some citrines have colors so intense that they can be easily confused with imperial topaz.
  • Citrine colors can range from a bright cheery yellow to an earthy reddish orange.
  • Like topaz and all quartz varieties, citrine is an eye clean typically with no eye visible inclusions making it the perfect gem to wear in a large for pendants and rings.
  • Citrines can be found easily in faceted sizes up to 20 carats and even larger.
  • Citrine is the commemorative stone for 13th anniversaries

You can learn even more about gemstones at our educational center Gem Plus.

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