November's Birthstone: Fun Facts About Topaz



⦿ The topaz gemstone is the November birthstone. The topaz crystal represents the months of November and December and is the birthstone of both the astrological signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius. Topaz is also the birthstone of the Chinese zodiac sign of the Horse.

⦿ Topaz is the 19th wedding anniversary stone.

⦿ The topaz gemstone is a beautiful type of silicate mineral mined since the 6th millennium BC. Today, most topaz mines are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and in the United States. Where topaz is found can affect its color.

⦿ Only 5% of all mined topaz is used in jewelry.

⦿ The word topaz comes from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means “fire.” This is a reference to the intense yellowish-green color of this gemstone that is sometimes compared to the light of fire. However, this gemstone has also been associated with fire and fire properties on account of its ancient use as a good luck talisman against fires and burns.

⦿ The word topaz comes from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means “fire.” This is a reference to the intense yellowish-green color of this gemstone that is sometimes compared to the light of fire. However, this gemstone has also been associated with fire and fire properties on account of its ancient use as a good luck talisman against fires and burns.

⦿ In feng shui, topaz uses include promoting inner worth, confidence, happiness and success.

⦿ One of the most well-known topaz crystals is a 1680 carat colorless topaz that resides in the Portuguese crown. The gemstone was originally flaunted as the largest diamond ever found until the discovery of its true identity.

⦿ Imperial topaz fetch $1000/ct for large (10ct+) sizes. Scarce red or rich pink topaz can reach $3500/ct.

⦿ Topaz means 'impregnable.' This gemstone was first found in ancient Persia (now the country of Pakistan). The Romans called Topaz 'lucky stone,' and used it to protect its wearer from evil spirits, disease, and envy. Ancient Egyptians used the stone to decorate jewelry, art and medicine. In fact, Cleopatra herself used Topaz gems in her palace and believed the stone could be used to cure insomnia and heal toothaches.

⦿ You can clean topaz by soaking in warm soapy water, or washing with a soft toothbrush or a clean, soft bristle brush. If you are cleaning a piece of jewelry with high-grade topaz in it, take extra care to protect the surrounding stone from scratch - use a soft cloth or flannel to clean that portion of the piece. You may also use an ammonia-based cleaner for this purpose; however, be sure to test the solution on a small area first to ensure that it does not damage the stone.