The Power of Purple - Lavender & Purple Beads & Citrine for November

This month is about the benefits of lavender beads and citrine and yellow topaz, the gemstones for November. Scroll down, or click one of the links below.

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The Power of Purple - Lavender & Purple Beads

The most-popular bead color at present is lavender & purple. These are pleasing to the eye and blend well with other colors in jewelry.

Vogue fashion editor Francesca Burns says "historically purple was only worn by an elite few, but in autumn/winter 2012-13 it will be for everyone. It is undoubtedly the color of the collections."

Mauve, a light purple is top of the Dulux 2012-2013 color trends. Dulux call them “Carnivale” and are a selection of soft purple to violet hues.

Violet is also a combination of red and blue, but a little more-blue than purple. Some say violet can rebalance your life, remove obstacles, and help with depression.

Purple represents good judgment, rests the spirit and its connection with divinity and healing explain why it is used in meditation creating mystery and magic. It’s also thought to increase imagination and inspiration. Purple symbolizes nobility, ceremony and wisdom.

Purple has always been used by royalty and the Christian Church. In Japan it signifies wealth and influence, and the Imperial Chinese thought there is a secret purple area in heaven, near the North Star. In the USA, the Purple Heart is given to wounded brave soldiers – and in ancient Egypt, purple was the favorite color of Cleopatra.

In feng shui, purple generates chi and is the color of very deep water, representing wealth to the Chinese. This energy attracts opportunities of all kinds, including love.

Wearing purple gives a mystical, imaginative effect that can subliminally attract others. It’s a “cool” color to wear these days, because it says you’re laid-back and not egotistical. It shouts luxury, wealth, and sophistication – as well as being feminine and romantic. If you want to feel special and unique then purple is the color to wear.

However, too much purple, like blue, could bring moodiness – so don’t overdo it. Because purple is rare in nature and has an aura of mystery, it is favored by artists or anyone wanting to be different. Likewise, those who dislike purple tend to be practical, lack imagination and conform to society. They also tend to live for today, rather than in the past or future.

Many gemstones have purple or lavender color:

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Citrine: Mellow Yellow

”Citrine” comes from the French word for lemon, and is any quartz crystal or cluster that’s yellow to orange. The darker, orange colors were traditionally the best, but today people prefer bright lemony shades to mix with pastel colors. Citrine with man-made color tends to have more of an orange or reddish caste. Most natural citrine starts life as amethyst until heated in a molten state to change.

Sunny and affordable, citrine brightens all jewelry, blending especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. The yellow color is a natural reviver, and citrine focuses the mind bringing a feeling of self-esteem. In medication it helps re-establish the link between your conscious and subconscious minds. If you are feeling down, try holding citrine to lift your spirit. It’s also very good at healing the body and helping people communicate. Citrine has warm energy, promotes optimism, and attracts abundance.

Citrine is one of the few stones that removes negative energy and never requires cleansing. In ancient times it was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Known as a "merchants' stone”, placed in the cash register to not only acquire wealth but to maintain it as well. Citrine is the birthstone for November, and its corresponding signs are Gemini, Aries, Libra, and Leo.

Although the darker, orange colors of citrine, sometimes called Madeira citrine after the color of the wine, has generally been the most valued color, in modern times, many people prefer the bright lemony shades which mix better with pastel colors. Most citrine comes from Brazil.

Sometimes you will hear citrine referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference to the color, which is sometimes similar to the color of topaz. Since topaz is a separate mineral, this type of name can be confusing. However, citrine is considered an alternative to topaz as the birthstone for November. As long as citrine is protected from prolonged exposure to light or heat, it will last for years.

Yellow Topaz

Yellow topaz looks very similar to citrine. The Egyptians thought topaz was colored with the golden glow of the sun god Ra. This made topaz a very powerful amulet that protected the faithful against harm. The Romans associated topaz with Jupiter, who also is the god of the sun. Topaz sometimes has the amber gold of fine cognac or the blush of a peach and all the beautiful warm browns and oranges. Some rare and exceptional topaz can be pink to sherry red.

Wear topaz only if you wish to be clear-sighted: legend has it that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight as well! The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. Its mystical curative powers waxed and waned with the phases of the moon: it was said to cure insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages.

Brown, yellow, orange, sherry, red and pink topaz is found in Brazil and Sri Lanka. Pink topaz is found in Pakistan and Russia. Today we also have blue topaz, which has a pale to medium blue color created by irradiation. Pale topaz which is enhanced to become blue is found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and China. In early 1998, a new type of enhanced topaz made its appearance, the surface-enhanced topaz, with colors described as blue to greenish-blue or emerald green. Topaz is a very hard gemstone but it can be split with a single blow, a trait it shares with diamond. As a result it should be protected from hard knocks.

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