November is lucky enough to be associated with two gemstones; citrine and topaz – two stunning gemstones that have vibrant shades that brighten up the chilly month! Citrine has a magnificent hue that can be delicate or very bold; being the most common yellow/orange gemstone in jewellery today, whilst topaz displays similar tones in it’s natural state to citrine – however is most known for it’s rainbow colours in its treated form.
We take you through some interesting facts which you may not know about these classic gemstones!
Citrine is the yellow to orange version of quartz which is composed of silicon and oxygen and is the second most abundant mineral on earth however natural, untreated citrine is rare. Did you know that amethyst which is the purple variety of quartz is often heat treated to create citrine? This golden hued gemstone ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding the perfect gemstone to set into jewellery; with an attractive colour, durability and an affordable price!
Citrine is typically an inexpensive gemstone, even at the larger carat weights – however some colours such as well saturated reddish-orange can be increasingly desirable and costly. With this gemstone being cheaper than some others on the market, the jewellery cutters can often experiment and create bold and dramatic shapes with the citrine gemstone; enhancing its vibrant colour!
Topaz comes in a range of colours but it is specifically the yellow, orange and brown hues of topaz which represent November as a birthstone. Topaz in its most valuable form is called ‘imperial topaz’ and refers to a specific, well saturated, orangey-pink colour of topaz. At Ramsdens we offer a wide of range of topaz jewellery; from colour changing mystic topaz to statement blue hues – there’s definitely a topaz gemstone to suit your style and budget!
Topaz is known for its positive associations with friendship, faithfulness, commitment and devotion, and can often be seen in stunning cocktail rings which make the most of the vibrant colours of the gemstone. This 9ct yellow gold sunset topaz and diamond ring has striking flashes of orange, red, purple and champagne within the sunset topaz gemstone, complimenting the rich yellow old claw setting and band. Smaller sparkling diamonds are set into triangle cluster designs, adding light to the statement dress ring.