“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one Autumnal face.” —John DonneZodiac: Scorpio until November 21 and Sagittarius from November 22
Gemstone: Topaz, Citrine
Meaning love and affection, the topaz comes in many colors: yellow, pink, purple, orange and a variety of blues. It is believed to bring the wearer strength and intellect. The citrine, known as a “healing quartz,” is this month’s other birthstone. It’s believed to bring vitality and health to the wearer, as well as hope, energy and warmth.
A chrysanthemum’s meaning changes depending on its color: red means “I love you,” while white stand for innocence, purity and pure love.
Tree: Walnut, Chestnut, Ash
November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. A red chrysanthemum means “I love you;” a white chrysanthemum means innocence, purity, and pure love; a yellow chrysanthemum means slighted love.
November Birthstone – Citrine
The birthstone for November is the Citrine. The warm, fiery colors that exude from this precious stone are off the Van Gogh painting of the sunflowers. The name originates from the French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon. It has been found in the palest of yellows to a dark amber. The dark amber citrine, is referred to as Madeira, because of its resemblance to the wine.
Since the beginning of time, man has dug within the earth to find useful tools for it’s survival. In these earlier times, there was a greater connection with the planet and its gifts and the cosmic world. With each advancement and achievement of the human species, we developed tools to dig deeper within the Earth’s crust. At one point we began to dig for treasures or sometimes they were come upon accidentally. With every unearthing of these treasures and gemstones, they were believed to emit a power to its discoverer. They were thought to offer healing and magical powers, strength or protection. Most of these treasures today represent the birthstones for each month of the year in the calendar we are familiar with today, the Gregorian or Western Calendar. As time went on, each stone was believed to represent a specific time or season of the year.
Citrine is a form of quartz and the sister of Amethyst. It is worn to keep evil thoughts from one’s thinking and ward against venomous snakes. It is also a symbol of strength and hope. It is considered to having medicinal qualities used to remedy kidney and urinary complications. Throughout time it has been extensively utilized to improve the function of ones heart and digestive system. The citrine has the power to remove toxins form the body and treat muscular disorders. The vibrant color and “fire” of the citrine has always been symbolic of healing in general, as fire represents power and strength.
Citrine is very scarce, which could be the reason that it is not mentioned until the first century B.C. The Romans were noted as the first to wear it, where they would fashion the stone into a style that is referred to, cabochon. For this style, the citrine first would be polished to a most brilliant shine and then the pieces of the unfaceted stone would be fashioned into their jewels. During the Romantic Period, artisans would utilize the warmth of the citrine to enhance the color gold jewelry.
The alternate birthstone for the month of November is the Topaz.
Here are some interesting facts for this gemstone:
-In Sanskrit, Topaz also means fire
-In the Middle Ages, it healed mental and physical disorders and warded against death
-Romans used it to improve eyesight
-The Greeks believed Topaz to contain the power to make one invisible and increase their strength.
-The most famous of all Topaz is actually colorless, and originally thought to be a diamond. It measures in at 1,680 carats and is named the “Braganza Diamond” that is set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels
Other Symbols of November:
November Birth Flower:
The Chrysanthemum. It is a symbol for compassion, secret love and friendship. In Asia, the chrysanthemum is recognized as one of the most honored of flowers. In Japan they are traditionally exchanged between friends, symbolizing an invaluable friendship, resembling the virtue shared between the pair.
November Birth Tree:
Chestnut Tree and the Ash Tree
Famous People born in November:
Bruce Lee- November 27, 1940
Ryan Gosling- November 12, 1980
David Schwimmer- November 2, 1966
Richard Burton- November 10, 1925
Charles Bronson- November 3, 1921
Bo Derek- November 20, 1956
Scarlett Johansson- November 22, 1984
Rachel McAdams- November 17, 1978
Neil Young- November 12, 1945
Bjork- November 21, 1965
“Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, and golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing and half tender, to repeat Her song of ‘May.'” —Susan Coolidge
Zodiac: Taurus until May 20 and Gemini from May 21
Symbolizing love and success, the deep green stone is thought to bring foresight, good fortune and youth to the wearer. It’s also a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — an appropriate symbol of spring.
Flower: Lily of the Valley
The lily of the valley represents sweetness and humility, purity of heart and honor.
Tree: Poplar, Chestnut, Ash
May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley. The other May flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness. Hawthorne signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.
May Birthstone – Emerald
The gemstone representing May, is the Emerald. As spring in the northern hemisphere occurs in May, the emerald stands for a time of rebirth and growth. The French refer to the emerald’s inclusions and fractures as “jardin’s”, translated as garden, resembling the color of spring foliage.
For each stone of the Gregorian calendar, each month of the year brings in a new cycle. Each cycle represents a new season, has a renewed energy, and a new meaning. The month of May is one of abundance and life in it’s youthful beauty. Following the rainy month of April, the month of May is one that symbolizes fresh, new, green life. The emerald as a precious stone for the month of May. Beautiful, fertile valleys blessed with rain are symbolic of the Emerald in that both offer energy both in a spiritual and physical sense giving sustenance for one who might own an Emerald and for those living within the valleys.
The emerald has been a symbol since the Egyptians engraved the stone with pictures of foliage. It would then be gifted to their deceased loved ones for their burials to represent eternal youth. It is the Egyptians who mined emeralds in the desert to the east over two-thousand years before the birth of Cleopatra. During her reign, this was her favorite stone, and even claimed one of the emerald mines as her own. She would bestow an emerald to a visiting dignitary on their departure. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in South America, they noticed that the natives were wearing some of the largest emeralds they had ever seen. They attempted to hide the mines from the Conquistadors, but were unsuccessful. Today, that area is known as Columbia, where some of the most prize emeralds are unearthed. There are sources of emeralds that have been found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Russia.
The Romans regarded the emerald representative to the goddess of love, Venus. They wore the gem to honor Aphrodite, their adopted goddess of love for fertility, beauty and love. Their emperor, Nero had eyeglasses that were made of emerald so that he might watch the gladiators battle and maintain his eyes’ health, and to ease the strain upon his eyes.
These crystals grow slowly within the confines of metamorphic rock, making them rare and thus, very valuable and expensive, sometimes more so than diamonds. It represents wisdom, patience and growth. It often given as an anniversary gift, as these characteristics in a relationship are important. It also represents friendship, faithfulness and loyalty, and they have been utilized for the effective treatment of health issues related to fertility, eyes, spine and for headaches. The Emerald can prevent seizures, reduce fevers and stop bleeding.
Some other interesting facts about the May Birthstone Emerald:
-Mostly all Emeralds have been treated with an epoxy resin or oil to fill in surface cracks making them less visible
-Some of the oils used to treat Emeralds are clear, however, some are tinted green in order to make them appear more vivid
-Mummies were buried with emeralds
-It is often times worn by travelers for luck and has legends of calming stormy seas
Other symbols of May
May Birth Flower:
Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn. Hawthorns flower in May and symbolizes the return of spring and summer. Maypoles were constructed of hawthorn.
May Birth Tree:
Ash, Popular, and Chestnut
Famous People born in May:
Fred Astaire- May 10, 1899
Mr. T- May 21, 1943
Bing Crosby- May 2, 1903
Tina Fey- May 18, 1970
Audrey Hepburn- May 4, 1929
Candice Bergen- May 9, 1946
Anne Heche- May 25, 1969
Cate Blanchet- May 14, 1969