Topaz, symbol of love and affection, is the birthstone for November. It is one of nature's most wonderful yet least-known gems. The term "topaz" is often applied to citrine or smoky quartz, but true topaz is very beautiful and versatile. Topaz occurs not only in the transparent yellow, yellow brown, orange-y brown, and pinky brown colors most popularly associated with it, but it is also found in a very light to medium red, very light to light blue (often the result of treatment, although it does occur naturally), very light green, light greenish yellow, violet, and colorless. Topaz is a hard, brilliant stone with a fine color range, but it is much rarer and much more expensive than the stones commonly sold as topaz.
The diamond is the birthstone for April. Its origin derives from the Greek word "adamas," meaning unconquerable and indestructible. The Greeks believed the fire in the diamond reflected the constant flame of love.
For the last 3000 or 4000 years, diamonds have symbolized wealth, power, love, spirit and magical powers. It was believed that diamonds were fragments of stars and the teardrops of the gods.