Spotlight on November’s birthstone: Topaz and Citrine

November is another month that has more than one birthstone to choose from: topaz and citrine. In the time before modern gemological analysis made it possible to distinguish between similarly colored gemstones, these golden stones were frequently mistaken for one another. While each is a beautiful and affordable addition to your jewelry collection, there are differences worth noting before you make a choice.

Spotlight on November's Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz has been used as a gemstone since the classical era. Its name is thought to derive either from the word Topazios, the ancient Greek name for the island Zabargad, or the Sanskrit word “topas,” for “heat” or “fire.” Topaz is a silicate mineral with a Mohs hardness of 8 (the hardest of any silicon-based mineral), which makes it suitable for use in any type of jewelry. It is also pleochroic, which means it displays different colors in different crystal directions.

While topaz in its natural state is golden-brown to yellow, it can take on a variety of different colors (such as red, pale green, pink, or blue) from impurities or heat or radiation treatments. Blue topaz is a popular alternative to sapphires, due to its relatively affordable price. Topaz gemstones are usually free of visible inclusions or flaws, and they are often found in emerald or oval cuts that take advantage of the naturally elongated crystal shape of the mineral. The most important factor in a topaz’s value is its color. Highly saturated color is more prized, and the rarer the hue, the more valuable the stone.

Citrine, a pale yellow to brownish orange mineral, has been used as a gemstone since 300 B.C. It is a variety of quartz that gets its color from trace amounts of iron. Its Mohs hardness of 7 makes it durable enough to use in most types of jewelry, even rings. It was particularly popular in Victorian times and in the Art Deco period. Its name comes from the French word “citron,” which means “lemon.”

The color of citrine ranges from a pale yellow to a brownish orange. Natural citrines—i.e., those that have not been treated in any way to change or enhance their hue—are becoming rare. Many citrines on the market are heat-treated amethysts (another gemstone form of quartz). This treatment is common, permanent, and stable.

Like topaz, citrine is widely available without any eye-visible inclusions—any such flaws would reduce the value of a stone significantly. Color is key to a citrine’s value, with the finest stones exhibiting a rich saturated yellow to reddish-orange color free of brown tones. Even larger stones tend not to be marked up significantly on a per-carat basis, making them a good choice for bold jewelry designs.

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Modern Ideas for Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Anniversaries are an annual celebration of a marriage, a reminder of all that a couple has shared as well as of their hopes for their future together. It’s no wonder that numerous traditions have arisen to suggest gifts you can give your spouse on these significant milestones. Although certain traditions, such as the twenty-fifth anniversary being associated with silver, date back to Roman times, the first formal anniversary gift guide was published in Emily Post’s book Etiquette in 1922. Since then, many of the original suggestions have been updated with modern counterparts. Corresponding lists of gemstones and colors have also been added for each anniversary, offering even more inspiration for a thoughtful husband or wife looking for the perfect present. If you’re stumped, the list below can give you a jumping-off point to start your search.

Mondern Ideas for Traditional Anniversary Gifts | Auction King

1st: Traditional: Paper; Modern: Clocks; Gemstone: Gold; Color: Yellow

2nd: Traditional: Cotton; Modern: China; Gemstone: Garnet; Color: Red

3rd: Traditional: Leather; Modern: Crystal/glass; Gemstone: Pearls; Color: White

4th: Traditional: Fruit/flowers; Modern: Appliances; Gemstone: Blue topaz; Color: Green

5th: Traditional: Wood; Modern: Silverware; Gemstone: Sapphire; Color: Turquoise

6th: Traditional: Iron/Candy; Modern: Wood; Gemstone: Amethyst; Color: Purple

7th: Traditional: Wool/Copper; Modern: Desk Set; Gemstone: Onyx; Color: Off White

8th: Traditional: Bronze; Modern: Linens/lace; Gemstone: Tourmaline; Color: Bronze

9th: Traditional: Pottery; Modern: Leather; Gemstone: Lapis lazuli; Color: Terra cotta

10th: Traditional: Tin/aluminum; Modern: Diamond jewelry; Gemstone: Diamond; Color: Silver

11th: Traditional: Steel; Modern: Fashion jewelry; Gemstone: Turquoise; Color: Turquoise

12th: Traditional: Silk; Modern: Pearls; Gemstone: Jade; Color: Oyster white

13th: Traditional: Lace; Modern: Textiles; Gemstone: Citrine; Color: White

14th: Traditional: Ivory; Modern: Gold jewelry; Gemstone: Opal; Color: Ivory

15th: Traditional: Crystal; Modern: Watches; Gemstone: Ruby; Color: Ruby red

20th: Traditional: China; Modern: Platinum; Gemstone: Emerald; Color: Emerald green

25th: Traditional: Silver; Modern: Silver; Gemstone: Silver; Color: Silver

30th: Traditional: Pearl; Modern: Diamond; Gemstone: Pearl; Color: Green

35th: Traditional: Coral; Modern: Jade; Gemstone: Emerald; Color: Coral

40th: Traditional: Ruby; Modern: Ruby; Gemstone: Ruby; Color: Ruby red

45th: Traditional: Sapphire; Modern: Sapphire; Gemstone: Sapphire; Color: Blue

50th: Traditional: Gold; Modern: Gold; Gemstone: Gold; Color: Gold

55th: Traditional: Emerald; Modern: Emerald; Gemstone: Alexandrite; Color: Emerald green

60th: Traditional: Diamond; Modern: Diamond; Gemstone: Diamond; Color: White

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How to Celebrate National Handbag Day on a Budget

October 10th is National Handbag Day, and it’s no wonder that in the four short years since it was first introduced it has captured the imagination of handbag-loving women all over the country. After all, a purse is an accessory like no other—it’s an item of daily wear that serves an essential practical function as well as being a fashion statement. Even if you can’t just run out and spring for a brand-new Birkin or Baguette, though, you can still celebrate.

How to Celebrate National Handbag Day on a Budget | Auction King

However, for those of us without iron willpower, there are ways to get beautiful designer bags for less. You can check to see if there’s a sale on at your local department store or boutique, and there are a plethora of sites online that focus on designer handbags. Before you take it for granted that the advertised price is really a good deal, though, you should do a little research—it’s rare that you’re going to find a truly great deal at a retail outlet, and certain high-end brands will never be marked down in a store. If you know the value of the bag you’re considering buying ahead of time, you may be disappointed to find that a sale price isn’t much of a deal, but you won’t be taken in.

If you want to score a high-end handbag for significantly less than full price, you have to think beyond retail. The best designer handbags combine enduring style with superior construction. With good care, they can last forever. That means that previously owned and vintage handbags offer you a beautiful option for owning luxury brands without paying outrageous prices. In fact, it isn’t hard to find consignment shops and websites offering well-known designer brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more. You may also be able to find handbags in estate sales as well. However, although both of these options are better than shopping retail, neither offer the very best deals.

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