November Birthstone Jewelry - Citrine & Topaz

For much of history it was believed that all yellow gemstones were topaz, and all topaz was yellow. The November birthstone and traditional gift for a 4th wedding anniversary is actually available in a variety of colors, and may not even be related to the gemstones that originally used its name. Citrine, November’s second birthstone, takes its name from citrus for its lemon-inspired shades of yellow. The pale yellow color of the gem has caused it to often be mistaken for topaz throughout history.


Citrine

History

Yellow gemstones were referred to as citrine as early as the 1300’s, when it was first recorded in English. Ancient cultures believed citrine could manifest prosperity, calm tempers, and soothe anger. When mineralogists discovered that amethyst and smoky quartz could be heat treated to produce yellow shades of citrine in the mid-18th century, the gem got a boost of popularity as affordable varieties of the gemstone became available on the market. It remains one of the most popular yellow gemstones today.

Color

Through the ages, citrine has often been confused with topaz because of its pale, yellow coloring. Its color can range from a common pale, yellow to a less common deep, reddish orange. The finest color is a saturated yellow to reddish orange with no brown tones.

Symbolism

Evoking images of sunshine, warmth, and illumination, citrine symbolizes positivity, vitality, and romantic passion.


Latest Arrivals: November Birthstone Citrine Jewelry

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Topaz

History

The history of topaz goes back thousands of years, to when ancient Egyptians believed that the Sun God was responsible for the golden hue of yellow topaz. During the Renaissance in Europe, people associated topaz with the ability to quell anger and break spells. Other ancient cultures deemed topaz sacred, believing that it could bring longevity and wisdom to the wearer’s life. Texas adopted blue topaz as its official state gemstone in 1969.

Color

Long associated with the color yellow, topaz is also available in many colors, including rare pinks and reds. The traditional November birthstone is orange topaz.

Symbolism

Topaz symbolizes empathy and serenity, and is a promoter of harmony.


Latest Arrivals: November Birthstone Topaz Jewelry

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A peachy pear shaped Imperial Topaz is set east to west in 14k white gold. The bezel holding the gem is in the Georgian style and reflects my obsession with cutback collets, this a 3/1 with triple claws at each end alternating with singles on the sides. A simple band puts all the attention where it should be, the lovely gem. The natural Imperial Topaz weighs .70ct. This would make a lovely alternative to the traditional engagement ring.

There will be a gorgeous collection of Imperial Topaz pieces coming out of our workshop, I was lucky enough to find a large group of loose vintage gems!

All of our metals come from a certified green refinery and our stones are drawn from our collection of vintage gems.

Our jewelry making process takes time, each piece is made by hand in house using age old techniques.

Details... Currently a size 5.75, this ring can be sized for free. The top of the ring measures 8.1mm long by 5.3mm. The 14k white gold band measures 1.5mm in width. Newly handcrafted in our in house studio of all recycled materials.

 

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These stud earrings highlight the delicate golden beauty of Imperial Topaz.

The settings for these radiant gems were hand crafted with love using age old techniques in our own in house studio. Two emerald cut antique Imperial Topaz (with a total weight of 1.11 carats) are set in bezels designed and executed in the Georgian style of the late 1700's. A group of three tendril like prongs are placed in just the right place, different for each uniquely shaped gem, and alternate with a single curving prong. All the 14k yellow gold used in these studs, and every thing we make, is recycled.

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Details: The top of each earring measures 4.5mm by 6.4mm, with a total weight of 1.11carats.

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Beautiful shiny 14k yellow gold wires and oval element complement the sunny yellow faceted citrine drops of these hand crafted earrings. Real 14k gold and genuine citrines, these earrings will make a fabulous gift.

Details.....1.25" drop from the ear. This line of artisan jewels incorporates vintage and recycled pieces into the designs, small imperfections are part of the charm, each item unique.

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MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
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-Paula Bixel - Proprietor

"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)


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FREE SHIPPING

Free shipping for the USA. Fast, insured, and secure! Your package will be carefully prepared and delivered in a timely manner.  

ALWAYS FREE RESIZING

Trust that your ring will be a perfect fit. Don't know your size? That is OK, we will find out together with a sizing tool. Due to popular demand, resizing is limited for in-house jewels only.

RECYCLED

Whether you purchase an antique or vintage piece, our handcrafted 720 line, or Ancient Influences line, all of gems and metal are recycled.

SECURE PAYMENTS

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Our Jewels always ship in our elegant signature packaging, great for gift-giving!


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