Topaz: Birthstone of the Month

Topaz Birthstone

Topaz is November's birthstone, and with its wide and varied history, Topaz is seen as one of the more intriguing and mysterious of all the birthstones. With famous November birthday’s such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Kendall Jenner, all November babies are certainly in beautiful company.

Here are 10 (quite) interesting facts about this precious stone that is sure to make you blue in the face:

  1. Topaz comes in many different colours

    Natural topaz comes in many shades of yellow, orange, red, green, blue, pink, and purple.
  2. Imperial Topaz is rare

    The most valuable colour of natural topaz is red. It is so rare that less than 1% of all gem-grade topaz rough exhibits this shade. These stones have a reddish-orange tone and are known as Imperial Topaz. Imperial topaz was first discovered in Brazil as well as in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was used in the Imperial jewels of Russia and named after the Russian Czars of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  3. Rare Imperial Topaz
  4. Topaz is November's official birthstone

    Though topaz is the official birthstone of November, the alternative birthstone is golden citrine. Unlike other month's alternative birthstones that often differ entirely from the official birthstone, citrine and topaz are so similar that they are often confused. Citrine is a variety of quartz that comes in golden yellow or fiery orange and brown tones.
  5. Blue Topaz is generally not natural

    There are a few different varieties of blue topaz that are marketed in the jewellery industry: Swiss blue topaz, London blue topaz, and sky blue topaz. While blue topaz can occur naturally, this is extremely rare. The vast majority of blue topaz is treated by taking colourless or lightly coloured topaz and using a combination of heat and radiation.
  6. Topaz is durable

    Topaz is a relatively hard stone; it rates 8 on the Mohs hardness scale and is pretty resistant to scratching.
  7. Topaz used to be peridot

    The term topaz traces back to a small island in the red sea called Topazos, supposedly. The Romans would collect golden stones here that they then named Topazos. But, the gemstones that were collected from this island weren't topaz, but rather a modern-day peridot! Today, the island is called Zabargad instead, which is Arabic for peridot. Confused?
  8. Topaz will go down in history!

    The Egyptians believed that topaz was coloured with the golden glow of the sun god Ra. Whereas the ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase one’s strength and make its wearer invisible in cases of emergency. And the Romans associated topaz with Jupiter, who is also the god of the sun. Confused now?
  9. Pink topaz was discovered in Russia

    In the 19th century, pink topaz was discovered in Russia. The gemstone was so precious that only the Czar, his family, and those he gave it to were allowed to own it.
  10. Topaz found in Ural Mountains
  11. Giant topaz stones are displayed around the globe

    One of the most famous topaz gems is a giant specimen set in the Portuguese Crown. Another beautiful topaz is kept in the Green Vault in Dresden. The Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the British Museum also display numerous outstanding rough and cut stones.
  12. Natural blue crystals come from Russia and Texas

    The natural blue crystals found in Texas and in the Ural Mountains of Russia are not mined in enough quantities to meet the demand for inexpensive transparent blue gems. But it is there – you just need to go and find it!

Pinterest Inspiration

Natural topaz can be found in many different shades and colours, including deep blues, luscious pinks and glamorous golden yellows. The people of Pinterest have used these precious stones in simple, elegant pieces of jewellery – when a gem is this beautiful, you simply do not need to be over elaborate with the design.

Pinterest Topaz Inspiration

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