If you were born in November, you have two November birthstones to choose from: topaz and citrine. These two precious gems have a lot of similarities, including their yellow, orange, and brown color palettes. For this reason, topaz and citrine have been commonly confused and misidentified for centuries, not only with each other but with a variety of other gemstones as well. If you're in Langley, Surrey or White Rock looking to give someone with these gorgeous stones in November, you can find it at Rochells Jewellers.
When shopping for a topaz stone at Rochells Jewellers, there are a couple of things you need to consider:
1. Search For An Even, Vivid Color
Since topaz typically isn’t high-priced, you can find various colors, sizes, and cuts. When it comes to color, it’s recommended you look for a topaz with intense saturation. Most valuable are orange, red, and pink topaz stones. The color you choose should depend on your personal preference, but make sure you choose a topaz with vivid color.
2. Choose A Shape That Works For You
You can get really creative with the cut of your topaz. Since they’re mined in such large sizes, they can be cut into virtually any shape. The most popular ones are pear, oval, marquise, cushion, emerald, round, and similar cuts. To maximize the color capacity of the topaz, you should go with an emerald cut.
3. Treated Vs. Untreated Topaz
As previously mentioned, it’s particularly challenging to find a topaz that wasn’t treated. Keep in mind that natural, untreated topaz is bound to cost more than a treated one.
4. Ask For A Certificate For Imperial Topaz
If you want to buy an imperial topaz, you should ask for a certificate that proves its authenticity. It’s easy to create artificial gemstones, so a lab-approved certificate is necessary.
5. Shopping Tips For The November Citrine Birthstones
To find the perfect citrine, here are a couple of things to look out for:
6. Look For Eye-Clean Citrine
Since citrine isn’t expensive, make sure you find the best possible one. One of the factors you need to consider is the citrine’s clarity. Eye-visible inclusions are not common in this gemstone, so finding an eye-clear citrine won’t be tough.
7. Choose A Citrine With Intense Saturation
Citrines usually have a pale-yellow color, while more intensely colored ones are more valuable. It’s also possible to find vivid orange, red, and brown hues.
8. Think About Carat Weight
If carat weight is important to you, citrine comes in a variety of sizes. You can even find citrine gemstones weighing 20 carats for a low price.
Please call Rochells Jewellers in Semiahmoo Mall at (604) 536-3323 or Central City Mall at (604) 589-7864 to discuss our selection of Topaz or Citrine Jewellery.