The topaz is a very hard, transparent gemstone with a profound shine and depth. Topaz can be found in many alluring hues of blue, purple, green, yellow, red and pink, but also colourless. These shades have received different trade names. An example of that, is the London blue topaz, describing a striking medium blue colour, which I find particularly attractive. Read on, if you would like to know more about the wonderful topaz! ♡ Shiri
Topaz is the birthstone of November, accompanied by the golden citrine. A piece of jewellery set with a shining topaz is an ideal personalized gift for someone born in the month of November, as wearing the gemstone assigned to the month of your birth is said to bring good fortune.
Jewellery set with the precious topaz is traditionally gifted on the 4th and 23rd wedding anniversary. Cherish your loved one, by gifting her with an incredible piece of jewellery set with one of the enchanting colour varieties of the topaz.
The spiritual qualities of the topaz include: Love, attraction, communication, truth and relaxation. Topaz is an ideal gemstone for all kinds of relationships, as it is said to encourage openness, honesty and good communication. Some also believe that the topaz holds a soothing quality, which makes it a great gemstone for mindfulness and relaxation.
The beautiful topaz has been highly loved through times, but it’s wide array of colours have also made it prone to be mistaken for other gemstones. Topaz allegedly has its name from the island of Zabargad, which was once known as Topazios. However, Zabargad is a deposit of peridot, which implies that the topaz was mistaken for the peridot. Another mistake regards a very large topaz, that is part of the Portuguese crown jewels, as it was originally anticipated to be a very large diamond.
Topaz is surrounded by numerous different folklores, suggesting the gemstone to have supernatural abilities. One ancient Roman myth tells that the topaz would warn against poisoned food or drinks by changing its colour, while another implies the gemstone to provide improved eyesight. In ancient Egypt, the topaz was worn as an amulet, as it was thought to be able to protect its wearer from all harm. In India, it was believed that a topaz placed above the heart could ensure a long life.
Sources of topaz can be found in Brazil, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico and Russia. The transparent gemstone is made of aluminium, fluorine, silicate and oxygen. The topaz can display numerous different colours, which are defined by the presence of other elements during its formation. Topaz is categorized at 8 on the Mohs' scale of hardness, making it a durable gemstone, well suited for jewellery.