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November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine
November 24 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna collection of gemstones

Anyone born in November is lucky to have two birthstones: topaz and citrine. With citrine’s iconic orange-gold glow and the impressive variety of topaz, these gemstones provide a range of aesthetic options so it’s easy to find the citrine or topaz jewelry piece that matches your personal style. Here is some more information about November’s two beautiful birthstones.


 Citrine is a variety of quartz that’s available in hues ranging from pale yellow to brownish orange. The name citrine comes from the French citron, meaning lemon, which reflects this gemstone’s bright yellow colour.

The largest deposits of citrine are found in Brazil. Other citrine deposits can be found across the globe, including in places such as Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the U.S. Citrine is relatively hard compared to most gemstones, and is therefore a durable choice for large, statement jewelry pieces such as dangling earrings and necklaces.

Historically, citrine has been worn as a protection against evil thoughts, as it is said to release negative feelings. Citrine is also known as “the merchant’s stone” because it is said to bring prosperity and success to the wearer.


Topaz, while most commonly available in a yellow hue similar to citrine, can come in a variety of colours ranging from pale pink to crimson red and deep blue. The name topaz comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea where topaz deposits were commonly discovered in ancient times.

Topaz is a hard and durable gem that, like citrine, has the largest deposits located in Brazil. Topaz deposits have also been found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, Nigeria, Germany, Mexico and the U.S.

Topaz is believed to have the power to protect and heal the wearer. Topaz is known as a soothing gemstone that can help calm tempers and eliminate nightmares in the wearer.

Those born in November are fortunate to have not just one, but two birthstones. Citrine and topaz are both stunning and elegant gemstones to feature in your jewelry collection. For more information about these magnificent birthstones and to have custom citrine or topaz jewelry designed for you, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.


Blue Topaz: Add The World’s Most Elegant Gemstone to Your Jewellery Collection
November 3 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna pendant

Earlier this month, the world’s largest blue topaz made its debut at the Natural History Museum in London. This 9,381 carat gemstone, known as The Ostro Stone, was discovered in 1986 by the geologist Max Ostro in the Amazon Forest. After nearly three decades hidden away from the public, this natural wonder is not joining the permanent collection in London’s Natural History Museum. In honour of this momentous occasion, here is some more information about blue topaz, known as one of the world’s most elegant gemstones.

What is Blue Topaz?

Topaz is a gemstone that comes in a variety of colours including white, green, yellow and blue. Deep blue topaz is extremely rare in nature, while sky or light blue is more common. Topaz deposits can be found all over the world, including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Mexico and the United States.

The deep, vivid blue commonly associated with rare topaz can be approximated by exposing white topaz with various heat treatments. Blue topaz is the second most popular gemstone, following the beautiful and ever-popular sapphire. Blue topaz shares many properties with diamonds, including a perfect cleavage, making it one of the most delicate gemstones available.

What Does Blue Topaz Represent?

Topaz has come to symbolize many things over the years. Blue topaz is said to inspire creativity, so it’s the perfect gemstone for writers, artists, or anyone looking to stretch their creative muscles. Topaz is believed to help you think more clearly and express yourself, so it’s a good gemstone to have around if you’re preparing for a big presentation.

How To Wear Blue Topaz

Because blue topaz is one of the most delicate gemstones, it’s the ideal jewel to wear on special occasions. The vibrant and sophisticated colour can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. A blue topaz ring or pair of earrings is a great way to dress up an outfit without creating an overbearing look.

Blue topaz is one of the most elegant and refined gemstones available today. To find the perfect blue topaz jewelry piece for you, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.