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The two November birthstones, topaz and citrine, are often mistaken for each other. In fact, unscrupulous dealers sometimes sold citrines as more valuable topaz. The most precious citrines are a clear yellow, while golden topaz has darker tones of brown or orange. In ancient times, both were found in on the Mediterranean island of Topazios.
Topaz comes in many colors, the most prized of which is an orange favored by Russian czars in the 1800s. This color is still called imperial topaz. While you can also buy pink, purple, yellow or blue topaz, November’s stone is golden like fall leaves. Blue topaz is one of December’s birthstones. Topaz rates an 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means it’s harder than most stones, but can still be scratched by diamonds, rubies, and a few other gems.
Topaz is associated with many good traits, such as loyalty, friendship and constancy. That’s probably why topaz shows up several times on the list of anniversary gift gemstones – blue topaz for the fourth anniversary, topaz as an alternate to aquamarine for the 19th, and imperial topaz for the 23rd.
Topaz can break if hit or dropped. Pick protective settings. For daily wear, pins, pendants and earrings are hardier than rings and bracelets. You can clean your topaz with warm, soapy water.
Citrine is a yellow or orange form of quartz crystal most often found in the U.S., Brazil and Russia. In nature, they’re usually pale yellow. The word “citrine” is from the French “citron,” or lemon, because of this naturally occurring color. The deeper orange or redder citrines you see in stores are often smoky quartz or amethyst that have been heat treated. Amethysts and citrines are closely related, the only difference being the oxidation levels of iron in the quartz.
Citrine is generally transparent, without visible inclusions. Jewelers almost always cut facets into citrines. Ovals and round brilliants are the most popular citrine cuts, as they best bring out the golden yellow color. You can also find citrines in emerald cuts and fancy cuts. A 7 on the Mohs scale, citrines are considerably softer than topazes.
In gemstone lore, citrine is believed to promote stability and success. Sometimes it’s called “the success stone” or “the merchant’s stone” and tucked into a cash register to promote wealth. Citrines are used in Chinese feng shui arrangements to attract abundance. Healers use citrines to counteract mood swings, depression, anger, sleep disturbances, phobias, addictions and stomach problems. In addition to being one of the November birthstones, citrine is the 13th wedding anniversary gemstone.
Since diamonds, topaz, rubies and a handful of other gems are harder than citrines, be careful not to store these stones touching each other. Take off your citrine ring before hitting the tennis court or rock wall. You can clean citrines with warm water and mild soap, or wipe them with a brush or soft cloth. Since citrines are heat-sensitive, don’t use steamers or expose them to extreme temperatures. Ultrasonic cleaners should be safe.
Many of us have an idea in our head of exactly how proposing, choosing and selecting the perfect engagement ring is supposed to go down. Maybe right now you’re stressed about how you’ll fall short of this ideal scenario. Relax. There are many ways to pick the perfect engagement ring, and how you do it will depend on your style as a couple.
Do Your Recon
Determined to surprise her with a ring? Better do your recon. Maybe you’ve never paid much attention to her jewelry. Now it’s time to start. Does she prefer rose gold or platinum? What shape of stone? Does she like solitaires and simple settings or big displays of bling? You can peek in her jewelry box. But give special weight to the jewelry she wears most, as those pieces are probably her favorites.
Who knows her style best? Maybe her mom, sister or oldest friend. As long as they’re in favor of your union, a friend or relative will probably be happy to help. But if you want to keep it secret, ask only those who are most discreet. Her gossipy friend is not the one to take to the jewelry store with you.
Ask Her for Hints
If the two of you frequently reference “after we’re married,” the fact that you’re eventually planning to propose isn’t a big secret. Next time you get on the general topic, encourage her to give you a few hints. Ask her to send some links to photos or cut out a few magazine pictures of favorite styles. Or if you’re walking by a jewelry store, go in and browse together. Note which rings make her light up.
An engagement ring is a big purchase, and one you really want to get right. So take a few minutes to at least learn the basics. That is, the 4 Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat. The combination of these factors will add up to make a beautiful or not-so-beautiful ring, and intimately affect the 5th C: cost.
Think Outside the Jewelry Box
Or at least outside the box that contains a traditional ring with a clear diamond center stone. How about a colored diamond? Or a sapphire? Diamonds come in blue, pink, red and yellow, not just clear. And sapphires have been the engagement ring choice of royalty. If you’re hoping to marry someone daring and different, a colored stone might be perfect.
Some people really don’t like surprises. And if your intended falls into this category, you probably know it by now. Instead of surprising her with a ring, your proposal can be surprise enough. Then go shopping together. She gets exactly what she wants, and you won’t risk disappointing her.
A step beyond choosing a ring together, you can even design one together. This can be a fun bonding activity if you’re both design and art-oriented. And the finished product will not be like anybody else’s engagement ring. Nowadays you can even design your ring together online.
Reuse a Family Heirloom
Perhaps the perfect engagement ring is already in your family. Your mother or her grandmother might have worn the ring she’ll love most. This is a good choice for a traditional kind of bride who has a strong sense of family and who favors old-fashioned things.