November Birthstones Topaz and Citrine!

If you were born in the month of November then you have the honor of having both Topaz and Citrine as your birthstones! Topaz gemstones come in a variety of hues and Citrine is a warm yellow-orange hue that fits perfectly with the fall colors! Let’s learn more about these gorgeous November birthstones Topaz and Citrine and how they are best styled!


Topaz Gemstones


Topaz gemstones come in a variety of hues including blue, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown, and although it is rare, red! There is also a colorless topaz gemstone. Although Topaz is an 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. (A diamond is a 10 and very hard for reference) Despite the 8 rating on the hardness scale, Topaz gemstones lack toughness and should be handled with care. Steam cleaning or ultrasonic cleaning should not be used on Topaz but instead warm, soapy, water works best. Their color usually stays strong when exposed to light but prolonged heat or sunlight may cause fading in the yellow to brown colors. 

rough yellow topaz gemstone on a white background
Rough Yellow Topaz Gemstone as it is found naturally.



Citrine is a variety of quartz that looks very similar to Topaz. Because they look so similar, it has become one of the November birthstones! Citrine gemstones are yellow to a honey orange color. It has a Mohs hardness rating of 7, which is a little lower than Topaz but is tougher than Topaz so more suitable for everyday wear and tear. Of the yellow gemstones, Citrine is one of the most desirable and also most affordable. 


rough Citrine gemstone on a white background
Rough Citrine gemstone as it is found in nature.


Best Gemstone Cuts for Topaz and Citrine


Both Topaz and Citrine gemstones can be cut into any shape. Topaz carries a brilliance to it which means it will sparkle with its golden hues! Princess, Round, and Modern Cushion cuts will enhance its brilliance. To really show off the color and luster of Topaz, many will choose to go with a beautiful emerald cut as shown below!


blue topaz ring with an emerald cut surrounded by diamonds
This beautiful Blue Topaz ring has an emerald cut


Like Topaz, Citrine can be cut into any shape and looks beautiful. The most popular cuts are those that show off its brilliance and fire such as the Princess cut, Pear cut, Radiant cut, and Oval cut. 

Oval cut citrine ring surrounded by diamonds set among flowers
This stunning 10 Karat Citrine ring has an oval cut.


Jewelry Inspiration for November Birthstones Topaz and Citrine


These lovely gemstones are worn in a variety of styles! They make beautiful pendants and earrings and gorgeous rings! You could choose a simple and elegant birthstone ring or choose to go with something that draws a little more attention like a right-hand ring! Both Citrine and Topaz pair well with diamonds that enhance their brilliance even more. 


Check out this gorgeous blue Topaz necklace in sterling silver and this Citrine fashion ring set in platinum! 

blue topaz necklace set in sterling silver on a white background

Citrine ring with emerald cut set in platinum in a black box


The jewelers at Isbell would be thrilled to help you choose between these two beautiful November birthstones! We can help you choose the perfect cut and metal to celebrate your November-born loved one! If you would like to design a custom-designed jewelry gift, we are the jewelers you want to work with! Stop by our showroom today! 


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