November Birthstone: Topaz

by Lars Larsen
October 30, 2013 / Coloured Gemstones,Jewellery Buying Guide


November’s birthstone is the topaz and if you love colour, then this is the right gemstone for you! Topaz comes in a huge variety of colours, from yellows, vibrant pinks, and soft violets, through to all shades of blue. The most common topaz are the yellows and the most sought after and rare are the beautiful pinks, reds and oranges. One of the more popular varieties are the blues, which come in a range of stunning shades.

Topaz has been mined throughout the world for centuries. Today the world’s largest supply comes from Brazil, with other smaller deposits found scattered around the globe. Different colours of topaz are more dominant in certain areas, for example a large proportion of the beautiful rare pink topaz comes from Russia.

According to Roman history, the name ‘Topaz’ is derived from an island in the Red Sea called ‘Topazos’, now known as Zabargad, where topaz was originally thought to be first found. However, it was discovered years later that it had been confused with the gemstone peridot. The stories from Ancient Roman times also suggest that topaz was considered to give great strength to the wearer, specifically when travelling. Like many other gemstones topaz is believed to carry different meanings and healing properties by different cultures. In India, topaz is considered to protect the wearer against sudden death, providing strength, good health and a long life. Interestingly, during the Middle Ages, topaz was worn to balance the wearer’s state of mind, driving away depression and promoting happiness. It was also worn to assist in curing illnesses such as asthma and insomnia.

With a hardness of 8 on the Moh’s scale, topaz’s durability along with its fascinating ties with ancient folklore and the wonderful spectrum of colours available, topaz truly is a wonderful choice. Topaz is the perfect stone for all your jewellery needs, from a beautiful set of earrings to a fabulous cocktail ring!

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