Some of the loveliest images of early morning dew drops are the inspiration for jewelers, of this I am certain. Imagine the golden glow in a jeweler’s eye, looking at drops of amber, or faceted citrine, lemon quartz, or a heavenly collection of golden sapphire, yellow beryl, or yellow citrine? For November, the stone is topaz. Today, commercial jewelers use blue topaz, very light in color, or London blue topaz, which is rich and deep, almost aquamarine. But originally, it was a golden topaz that was intended to represent November, and that’s because of the golden sunshine of clear November mornings. I don’t have a golden topaz in my collection, so I will show you a citrine and smoky quartz necklace I just made and posted in my Etsy shop. (See below)
Of course, the bias was towards Northern hemisphere novembers, and not tropical or Southern hemisphere when it would be Spring, but that’s okay. I remember the golden topaz my grandmother gave my sister, who was born November 18 in Chile, and thought it was the loveliest thing I’d ever seen.
For November natives everywhere, Happy Birthday! You have the good fortune to be born in a gentle Winter month- unless we get a bit of weather, or at the beginning of Spring (happy Aussies, New Zealanders, South Americans…!). Either way, the lore behind gold stones is intriguing and poetic. Topaz is found among the stones in Aaron’s Breast Plate:
Foundation Stones (Revelation): Jasper, Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Sardonyx, Sardius, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, Chrysoprase, Jacinth, Amethyst.
King James Bible: Sardius, Topaz, Carbuncle, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Ligure, Agate, Amethyst, Beryl, Onyx, Jasper.
Correction to the Bible: Carnelian, Chrysolite, Emerald, Ruby, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Sapphire, Agate, Amethyst, Topaz, Beryl, Jasper.
George Kunz (1913): Red Jasper, Light Green Serpentine, Green Feldspar (Microcline)
Richardson/Huett (1980): Sard, Agate, Chrysolite, Garnet, Amethyst, Jasper, Onyx, Beryl, Emerald, Topaz, Sapphire, Diamond.
Here are a few hard facts about the Topaz: (yes, pun intended) 😉 In crystallography, the stone is orthorhombic, and it usually occurs in prismatic crystals which are short and in varied forms. Tourmaline, in contrast to topaz, has a long shape to its crystals. Crystals of topaz can weigh a lot, so it has the distinction of having some topaz jewels being cut up to 20,000 carats! The hardness in the Moh Scale is 8.; it has a density of 3.52-3.57, and in terms of cleavage and fracture, it is one one perfect cleavage. The topaz is found in nature in many colors. The fanciest are pink and deep orange, followed by yellow and blue, but there is also white, grey, green, yellow-brown, beige, and red.
As to its healing properties, it is identified as a source of strength for those under the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars (Cayce). Also known for strengthening purpose in the mind, it helps to bring about relaxation for those who suffer from insomnia or headaches. In its golden yellow color, it was appreciated in ancient Egypt where it was a symbol of the Sun God, Ra, the giver of life and fertility. In the East, mystical and magical powers are attached to it; it has sacred associations for the Burmese, being associated with the nine-stone jewel Nan-Ratan, the most important part of the Regalia of Burma.
Enjoy the Topaz, the lovely and gentle Citrine, and all the marvelous stones our Earth has to offer. Happy birthday, Novembers!
- November birthstones: Topaz and citrine (artisansblog.com)
- November Birthstone is the Citrine or The Topaz (whyweargemstones.wordpress.com)
- November Birthstone : Citrine (lexyairinc.wordpress.com)