OOTD for November’s Birthstone: Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Topaz info via Crystal Vaults and Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, lovelies!  We recently celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US, and I thought it was a perfect day to honor Topaz, November’s birthstone.  The main colors for topaz are yellow and amber gold, matching the dying leaves of Fall.  Topaz can also be found in a full range of colors including blue, pink, and wine red.  November’s second birthstone, Citrine, looks similar to topaz in color, ranging for lemon-yellow to orange-brown.  Citrine is the French word for “lemon”.

The Imperial Topaz was discovered in Russia during the 19th century. With its orange with pink undertones, the Imperial Topaz is the most prized topaz.  While blue is the most popular color for topaz, this is due to the man-made dying process.  Blue topazes that occur naturally are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that topaz represented the sun, and believed that topazes held healing and protective powers.  Topazes also symbolize love and good fortune.  Blue topazes represent the moon.

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Imperial Topaz – (Image via Lehigh Minerals)

 

TOPAZ INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Crystal of Potency

COLORS: Amber gold, yellow, orange, pink, wine red, brown, blue, and also colorless

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 8.0

TYPES: See Colors above.  Colorless topazes are without impurities and are considered “pure”

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

DEITY: Demeter, Greek goddess of abundance and the harvest.  She brings an end to the barren winter land, filling it with life-giving grain. Also honors Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war and Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess.

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Demeter, Greek goddess of Abundance and the Harvest – (Image via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATIONS: Clear topaz: “It is time to see the real truth.  Listen to your inner voice to tell right from wrong.”

Imperial/Golden topaz: “You have as much right to aim high as anyone else.”

Blue topaz: “Speak the truth with confidence and you can take control of the situation and turn matters to your advantage.”

CHAKRAS: Imperial/Golden topaz: Root (1), Sacral (2), and Solar Plexus (3);  Pink topaz: Heart (4);  Blue topaz: Throat (5) and Third Eye (6); Colorless topaz: Crown (7);

HEALING PROPERTIES: Heals diseases of the eye and helps with dimness of eyesight, restores the sense of taste, lessens cardiac pains, and reduces snoring.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Citrine

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Raw citrine

 

Here’s what I wore.  We had Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house, so I went for a casual look.  I wore my black velvet pants with two t-shirts. The layered t-shirts dressed down the velvet pants, giving my look a more relaxed feel.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Long t-shirt, worn underneath (S5), Velvet bell bottoms (P9), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long t-shirt underneath: Amazon, Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy), Black velvet bell-botoms: L. Rose Designs

 

Here’s my Thanksgiving face.  Makeup is somewhat heavy with bronze glitter on my eyes.  Since I was feeling casual, I decided to skip the false eyelashes.

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Vintage starburst topaz brooch: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

That is all for today.  November is just about over, so after December we’ll be starting a new year.  Personally, I am ready for 2016 to end.  It was a very depressing and trying year.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for November’s Birthstones: Citrine & Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, my pretties.  This month’s inspiration comes from November’s birthstones, in which there are two: Citrine and Topaz.  We’ll start with Citrine, a gemstone that is widely available and therefore, one of the more affordable gemstones.

Citrine is the French word for “lemon”, which makes sense considering how close it sounds to “citrus”.  Accordingly, this gemstone comes in a wide range of colors from lemon-yellow to an orange-brown.  They also come in a reddish-brown, which is the color that is most sought after.  During ancient times, citrines were used to protect one from “snake venom and evil thoughts”.  Today, citrines are “associated with prosperity and success”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Raw citrine, citrine druzy, polished and faceted citrine

 

Topazes usually come in shades of yellow, orange, and brown but they also come in shades of red, green, and blue.  Sometimes they are colorless.  The Imperial Topaz, which has orange and pink undertones, is the most prized topaz.  Blue is a popular color for the topaz, due to the ability to chemically enhance the color.  However, blue topazes found in nature are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that the topaz was a gift from the sun and had “the power to protect and heal”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Colorless topaz, blue topazes, Imperial Topaz

 

Here’s what I wore.  I felt like a “jazz lady” after I dolled myself up to go nowhere in particular:

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Lace cardigan, tunic top, & leggings: Amazon, “Icon Steampunk Oxford” shoes: Hades (brand)

 

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Vintage Sarah Coventry topaz pin: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Amber ring: vintage shop

 

Here’s my makeup.  Since the theme is topaz, I donned my bronze eye-shadow and added small, black “jewels”:

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That’s all for now.  Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and before you know it, the year 2015 will be long gone.  Wowzers.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise