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Stone of the Month

Birthstones have been used since at least the first century as a way to give good luck on ones birthday. Gemstones are associated with each month and each precious stone has designated qualities associated with it. These gemstones corresponded to the zodiac signs of the time.

The Modern Birthstone list is the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list. Tanzanite was added as an additional birthstone for December by the American Gem Trade Association in October 2002.

Birthstone Chart

Birth Month Modern Birthstones Traditional Birthstones 15th-20th Century Birthstones
January Garnet Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst Amethyst, Hyacinth, Pearl
March Aquamarine Bloodstone Bloodstone, Jasper
April Diamond Diamond Diamond, Sapphire
May Emerald Emerald Emerald, Agate
June Pearl, Moonstone Alexandrite Agate, Cat's Eye, Turquoise
July Ruby Ruby Onyx, Turquoise
August Peridot Sardonyx Carnelian, Sardonyx, Topaz
September Sapphire Sapphire Chrsolite
October Opal, Tourmaline Tourmaline Beryl, Opal
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine Citrine Pearl, Topaz
December Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite Turquoise, Zircon, Lapis Lazuli Bloodstone, Ruby

November Birthstone

Topazis commonly known as a beautiful light blue stone though it does come in many colors such as yellow, white and pink.

is much less expensive than aquamarine and as such very popular. It looks beautiful in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Topaz looks magnificent with almost any outfit.;

As with all gems, protect topaz rings from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean this gemstone in a home ultrasonic cleaner. The best way to clean this beautiful gem is warm soapy water.

Clear topaz is commonly irradiated and heat treated to become other colors such as blue. Yellow and brown topaz is often heat treated to become pink topaz. Natural pink topaz is rare.

Topaz is found in Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, and USA. 

Citrine is a beautiful yellow stone. It is a popular more affordable alternative to the much more expensive yellow sapphire or yellow diamond. To create beautiful multi-colored jewelry, it is often combined with other stones such as: amethyst, peridot, and garnet.

Citrine is yellow quartz. Natural citrine colors range from a very pale yellow to a pale orange. It has a hardness of 7.

Most citrine on the market is heat treated amethyst. When citrine gem stone is heat treated it gets a reddish tint. Treated citrine is often dark orange brown to reddish brown. Untreated gems do not have the distinctive red tint, though the heat of the earth has changed some amethyst crystals to brown citrine.

Citrine can be easily scratched. Citrine gem stone often permenantly changes color if left in the sunlight for several hours.

Citrine gem stones are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Spain, USA and the former USSR.


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