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Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Topaz

Published on Monday 11 November 2019

Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Topaz

November’s birthstone Topaz represents love, strength and intellect

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Story of November’s Birthstone Topaz

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November’s birthstone Topaz’s energy is believed to be harnessed from the sun – it is thought to be one of the most beneficial crystals you can gift to the Self. Topaz is also thought to have a lunar connection and it’s colour and benefits are said to wax and wane in union with the moon’s cycles.

How are Topaz Formed?

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Topaz use to be the name of all yellow gems but today it describes the mineral aluminium fluoro-hydroxyl silicate. It is formed by vapours given off during the last stages of crystallisation of igneous rocks.

History and Meaning of Topaz

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In the Middle Ages topaz was ground to a powder and mixed with wine to help aid a good night’s sleep.

Topaz is thought to help calm anger and balance emotions.

The ancient Greeks thought that topaz could make the wearer invisible.

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It’s also thought that topaz has healing powers and can help reduce fevers, lessen asthma, improve vision and prevent premature death.

In folklore if you dream about topaz then a problem that you’ve been struggling with will be resolved.

Colours of Topaz

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Topaz comes in many hues but it’s often yellow to amber. Blue topaz is rare but imperial topaz which is a reddish orange with pink under-stones in the most valuable.

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I’ve chosen a beautiful soft yellow and deep bright blue topazes for my new birthstone Satsuma stud earrings.

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