The topaz is the birthstone of November (with the citrine) and a very remarkable gemstone. According to the legends the topaz has enormous powers: the women should become more happy and fertile. And the topaz makes every man intelligent. And which woman does not want to have an Einstein as a partner?
Besides this, a topaz can prevent depressions, fears, poisoning, and a sudden death. And according to the Greek and the Romans, the men who were wearing topaz got power. When you read all the stories about the topaz, there only one thought that is coming up: I want that gemstone, whatever it takes. Whether I am born in November or not; this is my gemstone!
What does a topaz look like?
That is a great question, but not so easy to answer. A topaz can be red like wine, or yellow like straw, but also white, grey, green, blue or orange. It is a member of the quartz family and is transparent. Together with diamond, sapphire, emeralds, ruby, aquamarine, opal and chrysoberyl, the topaz belongs to the ‘real’ gemstones. What means that the topaz is a hard gemstone (8 on the scale of Moh), although you don’t expect that topaz can break easily when it is unprofessionally cut.
In earlier times people did not recognize the topaz and one thought it was a diamond. The result was that many crown jewels contain topaz and not diamonds. Oops, a little and precious mistake. Like the topaz that is called the Braganza diamond. The kings and queens of Portugal ordered that all the great and beautiful gemstones, found in Brazil (colony of Portugal between 1500 and 1822), belonged to the crown. Portuguese miners found in 1740 an enormous topaz of 1680 carats and were handed over to Queen Maria I of Braganza. She ordered that this stone was set in the crown of her son, thinking that this was an enormous diamond.
Due to the fact that topaz is rare and expensive, some people try to imitate the topaz. Especially the imperial topaz is faked a lot: this ‘topaz’ is actually burned amethyst or citrine. When are offered a Scottish topaz or a Madeira topaz, an Uruguay or Bohemian topaz, then you should know this topaz is an imitation. For instance, when you heat a brown-yellow topaz it will become pink or red. And when you radiate a topaz is will become blue. The real topaz is called ‘precious topaz’.
Big, bigger, the biggest!
The topaz of Brasil is famous for its quality and enormous crystals in the size of a boulder. A famous topaz is the Topaz of Aurangzeb, that weighs 158 carats or the American Golden Topaz of 22.892 carats and is called the Adiel Topaz. Many of that large topaz are displayed in museums all over the world. In the National Museum of History of London, you can find the Ostra Topaz (blue topaz) of 9381 carats. In the Spanish, Programa Royal Collection is many enormous gemstones, like the Marbella Topaz of 8225 carats. And there are so much more! These giants are not suited for a piece of jewelry, but they are beautiful and very expensive. Not suited at all for a ring or so, but faceted is the El-Dorado Topaz, that was 36 kilo / 79 pounds when it was found and after cutting 6.2 kilos / nearly 14 pounds was left. It is the largest faceted gemstone in the world.
The topaz and its healing properties
A topaz attracts luck, prosperity, and love. With a topaz in a piece of jewelry, you can reach your goals and stimulates honesty and trust. It is a great gem to keep your health in great shape. It’s very good for your nerves, prevent anorexia and gain weight after an operation or a lot of stress, and for a great digestion.
Some colors of the topaz have a special health property. For a good night sleep and to prevent sleepwalking you can put a gold topaz under your pillow. The gold topaz is also a big help when you have diabetes. When you have problems with your throat carry the blue topaz on you. The blue topaz is able to return your health fast.
In some cultures, the topaz is regarded as a holy stone. The topaz symbolizes power and loyalty. It gives inspiration, gives you the power to reach your goals and is great when you have problems with your concentration. And the Egyptians believed that the topaz brings life and fertility.
How to take care of a topaz?
A topaz can change color when it is in the sun too long! So keep this gem as much as possible in the shade.
You may say when you read all this information that owing a topaz is a blessing in the sky. The gemstone is beautiful in a piece of jewelry but gives you power and love and luck and health. A piece of jewelry with a topaz is a must for all the women that have their birthday in November. But when you think of it, also when you are not born in this month, owning a topaz is great!
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