November Birthstone: All About Blue Topaz
by DIDIER DUBOT . on Oct 31, 2023
Those born in November are lucky to call beautiful blue topaz their own precious gemstone. The icy blue hue is the perfect shade to kick off the winter season, adding a subtle yet gorgeous pop of color to any piece of jewelry. Blue topaz comes with a rich and interesting history, which we can’t wait to share. Learn all about the November birthstone below!
The History and Symbolism of Topaz
Dazzling and diverse, topaz comes in a full rainbow of colors. Blue, yellow, pink, orange, violet, brown, red, and transparent varieties occur naturally. This gorgeous gem can be found in various locations around the world, including Pakistan, Namibia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the USA. Traditionally Brazil and the Ural Mountains of Russia have been the most famous sources of topaz.
Topaz has been treasured throughout the world for centuries. Some believe its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for fire, ‘tapas’. Others believe that the gem can be traced back to the Ancient Greek name for the island of Topazos, which is currently known as Zabargad. The gemstone has strong historical ties to both cultures.
Ancient Greeks used topaz as a talisman for strength, while Indians believed that wearing topaz above the heart promised longevity, beauty, and intelligence. Topaz is the sacred stone of the Kalpa Tree in the Hindu religion. Throughout Medieval Europe topaz was believed to be a cure for anger and a means of protection against evil spells.
Blue topaz, the most popular variation and the color used for the November birthstone, is often associated with love, loyalty, hope, integrity, and righteousness. It’s used as a symbol for both romantic and platonic relationships, as the clear blue color represents honesty and open communication. Blue topaz is known as the stone of peace, as well as the writer’s stone. Its links to tranquility and mental clarity make it a good choice for intellectuals, scholars, and creatives.
If you’re interested in purchasing a piece of birthstone jewelry, it’s important to know how to keep it looking pristine year after year. Each gemstone is unique in its own way and will require specific care techniques.
Topaz is a relatively hard stone, with a Mohs scale rating of 8/10. However, it is susceptible to cracking so it’s important to be gentle with topaz. Avoid chemicals, heat, and sudden temperature changes when wearing topaz. Store your topaz jewelry in a covered box to avoid extensive exposure to sunlight, as this may cause discoloration over long periods of time.
Keep your topaz jewelry sparkling clean by regularly washing it in warm, soapy water. Do not use steamers or ultrasonic cleaners as they may loosen the topaz setting.
November Birthstone Jewelry
Birthstone jewelry is always a good idea for a birthday gift, whether you’re looking to spoil a loved one or treat yourself. Discover our top picks for November birthstone jewelry:
Rings have always been an especially symbolic type of jewelry. The chain link detail on this round birthstone ring adds a modern and contemporary feeling to the long-revered gemstone.
Reminiscent of a half-moon, the central round birthstone is complemented by a sparkling semi-circle of cubic zirconia stones. This pretty petite pendant is made with 14K rose gold for an extra touch of luxury.
This chic rope bracelet is perfect for everyday wear. The central blue topaz birthstone adds just the right amount of embellishment. Wear it on its own to create a simple statement, or layer it amongst other bracelets.
This delicate choker style necklace is excellent for daily wear. The short length works well with almost any neckline and can easily be layered with longer necklaces. Wear it with the matching rope bracelet to make a bold birthstone statement!
Simple yet elegant, these drop earrings can be worn for any occasion. The 14K rose gold hoop shape lends itself as the perfect holder for the rounded blue topaz drops.
Writer: Maria Polansky