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Celebrate Autumn with Gemstones in the Colors of Fall

This month we present you with information about the warm and inviting gemstones of the fall. This season evokes the beautiful colors of the falling leaves. The beautiful oranges, burgundies, and yellows conjure up many feelings and memories of fall leaves, sunsets over the mountains, pumpkins and cornucopias. In celebration of autumn, we take a moment to appreciate some fall-hued gemstones, courtesy of the experts at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Citrine

Citrines are a variety of the mineral quartz crystals commonly found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Citrines are commonly found in shades of yellow, but they can appear in an orange shade called Madeira.

Citrine is the gemstone for the zodiac sign of Scorpio, and the gemstone given for the 13th and 17th wedding anniversaries. In ancient times, citrine was worn as protection against bad skin, evil thoughts, snakebites and even the plague. Mined mainly in Brazil, citrine is often found in larger sizes, due to its affordable price, and it is easy to find.

Fancy sapphire

Fancy sapphires are a variety of the mineral corundum, and come in orange, as well as other colors. An especially alluring orange-pink color is called padparadscha, after the lotus blossom. According to GIA gem experts, padparadscha are very rare and range from pastels to more fiery shades of orange.

The finest authentic padparadscha sapphires are usually very expensive, on par with their blue counterparts. Sri Lanka and East Africa are two major sources of orange and padparadscha sapphires.

Fire opal

Fire opals are known as an anomaly in the gem world. Mined in Australia, opals are usually smoothly polished in a cabochon (domed) shape and are opaque (not see-through). But the fire opal is often found in a fantastic orange color, cut in a faceted manner, and is mostly transparent in better quality facet-grades.

Spessartine garnet

Spessartine garnet is one of the most appealing of all the orange-hued gemstones. According to GIA’s colored stone experts, it is prized for its bright orange-yellow to yellowish-orange color, with some of the best — and most sought after — examples mined in Southern California, at the Little Three mine, near Ramona. High-quality spessartine has more recently been mined in Namibia and Nigeria.

Mandarin garnet

Mandarin garnet is also known as bright orange spessartine. Found in Namibia in Southern Africa, the rich color of the Mandarin garnet makes it a popular choice with orange gemstone lovers. Although relatively inexpensive in small sizes, larger stones—which rarely exceed 10 carats — can be very expensive.

Topaz

Topaz gems are another gemstone found in various colors, including yellow, dark blue, pink, red, and light green, but they truly glow in orange. Fine orange and “imperial topaz” (orange with a hint of red) are among the rarer colors of topaz, and their higher prices reflect their scarcity. This unusual shade is mostly found in Brazil.

Whatever type of gemstone you prefer, keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong when choosing. The important thing is to do your research on the particular gemstone that you like, and look for a jeweler. Make sure the appraiser is educated by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), ensuring professional expertise in the valuation of our fine gems and precious metals. Also make sure the pawn shop or jewelry store is a member of the National Pawnbrokers Association.

If you are looking to update your jewelry wardrobe for the season, or to purchase fine jewelry as holiday gifts, you’ll find fine estate, vintage and antique jewelry visit Adina’s eBay store. You’ll discover authentic fine jewelry at true wholesale prices, authentically appraised by GIA-trained experts.

Know Your Gemstones? Citrine and Topaz True/False Quiz

Birthstones for NovemberWelcome to the November blog by Adina Jewelers! Think you know your gemstones? Test your knowledge of November’s birthstones, citrine and topaz, with our true or false quiz! Scroll down for the answers—but don’t cheat!

  1. Citrines are quartz crystals commonly found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
  2. The common color of citrines is blue and green.
  3. The word citrine is derived from the French word, citrin, which means yellow.
  4. Citrine is the gemstone for the zodiac sign of Scorpio, and the gemstone given for the 13th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
  5. In ancient times, citrine was worn as protection against bad skin, evil thoughts, snakebites, and even the plague.
  6. A gift of citrine is a symbol of flexibility and quick learning.
  7. Some believe citrine began as amethyst, the purple quartz, with the heat from molten rock changing it to yellow quartz.
  8. The presence of fluorine usually indicates that topaz is likely to be found.
  9. When topaz has yellow or green overtones, it is known as Imperial topaz, and can be very rare and expensive.
  10. It is widely believed that the word topaz is derived from the Sanskrit word, topas, which means fire.
  11. Topaz jewelry is given for the 4th, 19th and 23rd wedding anniversaries.
  12. Topaz is known as the “stone of the gods” for its strength.
  13. A gift of yellow topaz symbolizes friendship, strength, wisdom, and courage.
  14. Topaz was believed to ease itchy feet and cravings for sweets.
  15. The ancient Egyptians believed yellow topaz’s color came from the glow cast by the sun god, Ra.
  16. The ancient Greeks believed topaz could make its wearer fly.

November birthstone true/false answers:

  1. True.
  2. False. The common color of citrines is yellow and orange.
  3. False. The word citrin is a French word which means lemon.
  4. True.
  5. True.
  6. False. Citrine given as a gift symbolizes strength and hope.
  7. True.
  8. True.
  9. False. When topaz has red or pink overtones, it is known as Imperial topaz.
  10. True.
  11. True.
  12. False. Topaz is known as the “stone of strength.”
  13. True.
  14. False. Topaz was believed to ease bad tempers, cure insanity, and help insomnia.
  15. True.
  16. False. The ancient Greeks believed topaz could make its wearer invisible.

Autumnal Beauties of November: Citrine & Topaz

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.07.35 AMNovember may be a chilly month, but its two birthstones heat things up. November babies are lucky to have not one, but two gemstones with which to celebrate their birthdays… citrine and topaz. Below are some interesting and little known facts about these beautifully autumnal gemstones…

  1. While the Ayurvedic birthstone list only includes topaz, the Jewelers of America list considers both citrine and yellow topaz as official November birthstones.
  2. Citrines are quartz crystals commonly found in igneous metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
  3. The common colors of citrines are yellow and orange.
  4. The word citrine is derived from the French word, citrin, which means lemon.
  5. Citrine is the gemstone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio, and the 13th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
  6. In ancient times, citrine was worn as protection against bad skin, evil thoughts, snakebites, and even the plague.
  7. A gift of citrine symbolizes strength and hope.
  8. Some believe citrine began as amethyst, the purple quartz, but the heat from molten rock changed it to yellow quartz.
  9. The presence of fluorine usually indicates that topaz is likely to be found.
  10. When topaz has red or pink overtones, it is known as Imperial topaz, and can be very rare and expensive.
  11. It is widely believed that the word topaz is derived from the Sanskrit word, topas, which means fire.
  12. Topaz jewelry is given for the 4th, 19th and 23rd wedding anniversaries.
  13. Topaz is known as the “stone of strength.”
  14. A gift of yellow topaz symbolizes friendship, strength, wisdom, and courage.
  15. Topaz was once believed to ease bad tempers, cure insanity, and help insomnia.
  16. The ancient Egyptians believed yellow topaz’s color came from the glow cast by the sun god, Ra.
  17. The ancient Greeks believed topaz could make its wearer invisible.

If you’re born in November or just love these beautiful gemstones of the fall, Adina by Empire Jewelers has an extensive collection of beautiful citrine and topaz jewelry, at true wholesale prices, as well as a wide variety of precious and semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Shop online today, and remember, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 
 
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