As a young girl I wasn't impressed with my birthstone. I remember looking through catalogs - no internet back then - at all the pretty birthstone jewelry and wishing my November jewelry contained something prettier than topaz. Now that I'm grown and have learned some things about jewelry I realize that what I was looking at in those catalogs was not topaz, but smoky quartz, a clear brown stone that was often substituted for topaz.
Topaz is a form of quartz crystal, that comes in many colors. The one most associated with birthstones is an amber shade, rich with the sunny hues of autumn, and I think it's the perfect birthstone for the last month of the fall season. Citrine and Cats Eyes are also recognized as November birthstones, and they too contain autumn's warm golden colors. Since yellow is my favorite color, I am happy to wear any one of these beautiful jewels to represent my birth month.