Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Birthstone - Scorpio Birthdays

October 23 - November 22 - 
Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

Scorpio - Latin for "the Scorpion" (Skorpios in Greek)

There are 2 gemstones for November: Citrine and Topaz. 

Citrine is a yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group. A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the costly imperial topaz* gemstone, which is one reason that citrine is a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November. Sources of citrine include Brazil, Bolivia, several African countries and parts of the Soviet Union.

Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind". Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an elder would increase his psychic power.

Citrine is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". If you are in any type of sales, just put a citrine in the cash drawer and watch what happens. Also used by healers to:
  • increase self esteem
  • protect from the negative energy from someone else's abuse
  • open the mind to new thoughts
  • promote clarity of thought

Healing Properties

  • Used by healers to help with digestion
  • calm and soothe distressed conditions.
  • Helps relieve depression, digestive problems (including constipation and diabetes
  • It will give joy and love to the owner. 

*Topaz - is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas", meaning fire.
Yellow Topaz, a quality gemstone, comes from Russia and Brazil, and there are also mines in Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Texas. Topaz has been known for at least 2000 years
Imperial Topaz, a clear Golden Yellow color, has a touch of pink in it. It is also known as Golden Topaz.

The properties of Topaz:
  • Constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and friendship
  • Strength, releasing tension and balancing emotions

    Metaphysical properties:
    • Instills faith that you can bring all manner of good things into your life
    • Attracts helpful people into your life that will benefit you and may bring new friendships.

    Healing properties:
    A solar plexus chakra and sacral chakra stone - the stomach area.
    • Excellent for liver, kidney and bladder problems or imbalances
    •  Helps to calm stress and irritability
    •  Recharge your energy 

    What constitutes the difference between the real topaz and the citrine?
    A fluorine aluminium silicate in chemical terms, the topaz is considerably harder and heavier than quartz, and it has a higher refractive index, which endows it with more fire when the colour is good. It does have one weakness: its good cleavage qualities, which must be taken into account when it is being worked on. It can be found in all the colours of the rainbow and has been known to Man for at least 2000 years. It has not been proved beyond doubt whether the name comes from Sanskrit or Greek, though the Greek name 'topazos' means 'green gemstone'. The Romans dedicated the topaz to Jupiter. (Source: International Colored Gemstone Association)

    Celebrities born under the sign Scorpio:
    Charles Bronson
    Richard Burton
    Johnny Carson
    Charles, Prince of Wales
    Billy Graham
    Katharine Hepburn
    Grace Kelly
    Vivien Leigh
    Martin Luther
    Mike Nichols
    Pablo Picasso

    Written by Linda Blatchford
    Jewelry Designer

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    1. Thank you, Linda ... another great article! Beautiful photos.

    2. This is very nice thank you for adding my earrings

    3. Such gorgeous colors. I am a fan of topaz, myself.

    4. Great article, Linda. However, I notice that my name is missing from the Famous Celebrities list. Gosh, does that mean I'm not a celebrity? Well, shoot, NOW you tell me. LOL

    5. Thanks for a great article on the November birthstone. When I made my Parker birthstone series, I though November's was one of the prettiest - I just love citrine! Great article Linda. I love the items you have chosen to feature. Go team!

    6. Great article! Thanks for sharing!

    7. Lovely post! This is my daughter's birthstone - its very beautiful! I love the information and items you chose here :)

    8. Great information, thank you so much for sharing. Citrine is also a good crystal to attract abundance of any formation. Love the items you selected.

    9. Unique Cozy Treasures - Beautiful color and items! Thanks for sharing.

    10. Yay! I'm a November girl! Thanks for the post Linda.

    11. Lots of great info on Citrine and Topaz... Beautiful Crystals. Thank you for sharing

    12. Another great article with tons of helpful info!!

    13. Linda... another wonderful article with so much useful information... Love your picks to highlight the citrine and topaz!

    14. Ok, I'm out to find some citrine! Thank you for such an information post.

    15. Great article Linda... I love learning new facts about gemstones and Citrine is a special favorite as its my birthstone :) Thank You for featuring my earrings too !

    16. Great article! Thanks for including my print