Giving a birthstone gift? Here are some November birthstone facts to include in the birthday card! For example, one of November’s birthstones is supposed to help eyesight while the other increases sales. November’s birthstone color and birth flower are both said to symbolize happiness.
Read on, or click any link below, to find out more about the happiest birthstones and flowers of the year.
November Birthstone Color
The color yellow is the most visible color to the human eye. It brings a sense of alertness and symbolizes happiness, warmth and sunshine…
…I love the sunshine. That is one reason that yellow is one of my all-time favorite colors!
Traditional Gem: Topaz Birthstone
Confidence, Clarity, Balance, Love, Creativit
The topaz was once used to help improve vision and believed in Rome to cure the plague. It is believed to be a stone of balance, bringing feelings of courage, serenity, and charity to the wearer.
It is also said to be a powerful attractor of true love, creativity, hope and happiness.
I like that last part.
Facts & Mythology
The word topaz originates from the Sanskrit word “topas” meaning “fire.” Some of the finest topaz specimens come from the ancient Egyptian kings, who guarded their mines jealously – even to the death. Early Hindu writings suggested that when kings had visions of crowns with inlaid topaz, it meant no harm would befall them.
This stone was also described in the Bible to be used on the breastplate of Aaron (Exodus) and as a foundational stone (Revelations).
Modern Gem: Citrine Birthstone
Clarity, Creativity, Energy, Hope, Luck
As a form of quartz, citrine is believed to have powerful healing powers. Anciently, it was used to protect against snake venom and evil thought. It is believed to bring clarity of mind, vitality to both mind and body, and protection from negativity.
It is also said to be the “Merchant’s Stone” – meaning it would bring you success and increase your sales.
I wonder how many merchants put citrine in their cash registers on Black Friday….
Facts & Mythology:
Citrine is actually the same stone as amethyst – the difference is the level of heat exposure they get. When amethyst meets heat, it begins to lose its purple color and turn into a pale yellow, orange or brown – becoming a citrine stone.
Citrine was also believed to be the reason Cellini, an incredible goldsmith from Rome, survived prison. Back in the 1500s when Cellini was held captive, diamond dust was believed to be a lethal poison. The gem cutter, who was given the task of grinding the diamond for Cellini’s demise, opted instead to keep the valuable diamond, and instead grind a citrine stone…
…which isn’t supposed to have any negative effects on anyone (remember? It’s supposed to be a protection from negativity).
November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum
The chrysanthemum’s original color was a golden yellow, which is what its name means – “yellow flower”.
Because of its bright color and flawlessly symmetrical bloom, it is a symbol of hope, perfection, and good cheer.
See? Between a birthstone and birth flower that represent happiness and another birthstone meant to ward off negativity and bring monetary success, November should be the year’s happiest and wealthiest month!
Sources: See citation notes on the Birthstone Color Chart page.