Citrine and Topaz Are Idyllic in November

November is a month of transition. Move on from Halloween while still feeling the autumn warmth, slipping on sweaters and sipping hot tea, gazing at what remains of the colorful leaves. Inch closer to Thanksgiving and the fascination with fall morphs into that magical feeling of winter, where the desire to be cozy deepens (out of tradition and necessity—it gets cold quick!), and the holiday hit list begins to play on the radio.

Deborah Pagani citrine ring
Honey cocktail ring in 18k yellow gold with 19 ct. citrine, $6,500; Deborah Pagani
Sorellina mini Monroe earrings
Mini Monroe inlay earrings in 18k yellow gold with tiger’s eye, 1.68 cts. t.w. imperial topaz, and 0.17 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,250; Sorellina
Robinson Pelham Phoenix citrine ring
Phoenix ring in 18k yellow gold with citrine, £3,900 ($5,100); Robinson Pelham
Larissa Moraes Van Gogh yellow flower earrings
Van Gogh’s Yellow Flowers earrings in 18k yellow gold with 16.5 cts. t.w. citrine, £8,045 ($10,500); Larissa Moraes

During that transition, new articles of clothing are added to the mix. The sweaters persist, though nothing quite says “holiday” like something festooned with sparkles. As for color, it appears November’s birthstones know precisely what we need. Citrine and topaz: two gorgeous gems that seem just right to represent this time of year. Your citrine, that golden goodness that almost mimics the changing leaves with its yellow, orange, and brown varieties, like it’s plucked from the harvest—a fitting choice for November, when it’s still considered autumn.

Cathy Waterman topaz earrings
Lyrical Wheat earrings in 22k yellow gold with London blue topaz and diamonds, $8,700; Cathy Waterman
Yael Borealis topaz ring
Borealis ring in 14k yellow gold with 2.03 ct. Swiss blue topaz and 0.02 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,080; Yael Designs
Bondeye Jewelry topaz and citrine earrings
Earrings in 14k yellow gold with blue topaz, white onyx, and citrine, $815; Bondeye Jewelry
Graziela blue topaz earrings
Earrings in 18k white gold with London blue topaz, sky blue topaz, aquamarine, and Paraiba tourmaline, $7,298; Graziela

After Thanksgiving, when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” will no doubt blare from speakers nationwide, topaz feels equally fitting. Though you’ll find it in citrine’s honeyed shades, the gem also cools off in icy shades of blue, with pink and purple in between.

Sarah Hendler green topaz bracelet
Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with green topaz, $2,850; Sarah Hendler
Katherine Jetter bicolor topaz ring
One-of-a-kind ring in 18k yellow gold with bicolor topaz and Montana sapphires, price on request; Katherine Jetter
Suzanne Kalan pink topaz pendant
Necklace in 14k yellow gold with pink topaz and diamond, $495; Suzanne Kalan

Like those born in the month before them, November kids have got it good. Because while we don’t tend to get as collectively excited about these gemstones as we would about, say, tourmaline or opal, they’re absolute stars. And the work these designers have done with them proves it.

Top: Small Sunrise pendant in 18k yellow gold with citrine and aquamarine, $2,420; Anthony Lent

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