November's Birthstones: Topaz & Citrine

November graces us with two captivating birthstones: topaz and citrine. Both gems boast a stunning array of colors and a rich history, making them beloved choices for jewelry enthusiasts. Keep reading to discover what makes these stones special! 


Topaz, often linked with its brilliant golden hue, can actually be found in a spectrum of colors including blue, pink, and green. The most sought-after variety is the Imperial Topaz, which glows with a warm orange-red hue. Ancient civilizations believed topaz possessed the power to protect and heal, with the Egyptians associating it with the sun god Ra, and the Greeks believing it could increase strength and intellect.

Citrine, with its sunny yellow to brownish-orange shades, has been cherished for centuries. Named from the French word for lemon, "citron," citrine has long been associated with the warmth and vitality of the sun. Ancient Romans were particularly fond of citrine, wearing it as a decorative gem. Throughout history, citrine has been believed to carry the power of the sun, providing energy, warmth, and clarity to those who wear it.

Pictured: Topaz Straight Stackable Band


Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, often thought to bring strength and intelligence to its wearer. Its various colors are associated with different symbolic meanings: blue topaz represents calm and communication, while the classic golden topaz symbolizes wealth and abundance. Topaz is also known for its ability to balance emotions and promote harmony.

Citrine, on the other hand, is celebrated as a stone of manifestation, prosperity, and success. It's often referred to as the "merchant's stone" due to its association with wealth and abundance. Citrine is believed to encourage a positive attitude, enhance clarity of thought, and increase creativity. It's also known for its healing properties, said to cleanse the aura and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Pictured: Illusion Set Citrine Stud Earrings


Some renowned topazes include the "Braganza Diamond," a colorless topaz initially mistaken for a diamond, found in the Portuguese Crown Jewels (pictured top left). Another notable topaz is the "American Golden Topaz," a massive 22,892-carat gemstone displayed at the Smithsonian Institution (pictured top right).

Citrine, while less prominent in historical records, has adorned many notable pieces of jewelry. One famous example is the citrine necklace worn by Joan Crawford, which she famously nicknamed her "citrine bib." The Hollywood star made several appearances in the citrine necklace including in her films The Women and Where Ladies Meet as well as in a Royal Cola print ad (pictured in bottom left and right).


Both topaz and citrine are relatively hard gemstones, making them suitable for everyday wear. However, they do require some care to maintain their brilliance. To clean your topaz or citrine jewelry, use warm, soapy water and a soft brush to gently remove any dirt or residue. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures, which can affect their color and durability.

It's also a good idea to have your topaz and citrine jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected annually. Our team of skilled jewelers at Carter’s Collective is here to help ensure your treasured pieces remain in pristine condition.

Pictured: London Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings

At Carter’s Collective, we celebrate the vibrant beauty of November's birthstones! Whether you're seeking a special birthday gift, an anniversary present, or simply looking to treat yourself, explore our stunning collection of topaz and citrine jewelry online or visit us in-store today!