By Brecken Branstrator
November marks the second in a series of months that have multiple birthstones, but topaz and citrine were linked long before they became the birthstones for the 11th month of the year.

According to the GIA, in the days before modern gemology allowed for the identification of each stone, the tawny color of citrine caused it to be confused with the brownish-orange shades of topaz even though citrine is part of a different family--it's a quartz variety.

Citrine now can provide an affordable and durable option for those looking to find yellow-to-orange gems, including in place of the stone with which it was confused so long ago.

Aside from that, what I like about the fact that topaz and citrine are paired together in the same month is that the orange of the citrine and the popular blue shades of topaz in today’s market are on opposite sides of the color wheel. This means November babies have the opportunity two wear both at once with a great color-blocking opportunity.

The topaz gemstone is thought to bring prosperity to the wearer, as well as dispel sadness, anger and nocturnal fears, while the citrine has been valued for its ability to bring awareness. I don’t think anybody would say no to a little more of both.

Here are 10 pieces of jewelry to celebrate the stars of November.


Jewelry by Cari’s Personalized Charms collection allows the wearer to add and build as they’d like, including birthstone briolette charms. The topaz charm pictured on the left retails for $35 in silver or $75 in 14-karat gold, and is grouped with the Open Heart charm, which is $85 in silver or $495 in 14-karat gold, and the medium personalized dog tag, $175 in silver or $995 in 14-karat gold (price is without diamond included).


Astley Clarke’s oval-shaped “Stilla” ring featuring a rose-cut London blue topaz set in 18-karat yellow gold-plated sterling silver ($295)


The “Classique” eternity bangle from Anzie, boasting Swiss and London Blue topaz, white topaz and moonstone in sterling silver ($750)


Jude Frances’ 18-karat gold, diamond and white topaz earrings ($1,420 for the dangle charm only)


From Effy’s new Geo collection comes this oval blue topaz, diamond, and 14-karat white gold ring ($5,195).


Dabakarov’s 14-karat yellow gold earrings with bezel-set oval citrines and a round diamond accent on each ($390)


Stuller’s citrine, diamond and 14-karat yellow gold stud earrings ($774)


This “Totally Everyday” necklace from Jane Taylor features a custom barrel-cut citrine and diamond pavé in 14-karat yellow gold ($1,310).


Suzanne Kalan’s ring features a marquise-shaped citrine at the center, accented by champagne diamonds and set in 18-karat yellow gold ($1,540).


Carelle’s citrine leaf necklace in 18-karat yellow gold ($2,360)

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