Birthdays are always the most exciting time of the year! We are sure all you November-borns are gearing up for your big days and making elaborate plans. You might fall under the Scorpio sign or be a Sagittarius, but did you know that irrelevant of your sun sign, there are birthstones that are common for all of you born in this month? The pretty gemstone Topaz or the sparkly Citrine are the stones that can actually bring you positive vibes, luck and good fortune! And even though Citrine is not very commonly found all around, you can definitely flaunt the Topaz in the form of beautiful jewellery, while enhancing your life in a good way!
- Topaz is a silicate mineral formed by the combination of Aluminium and Fluorine.
- For a long time in history, these stones were thought to be only yellow in color, and any yellow stone was often mistaken for a Topaz.
- It was later discovered that the Topaz comes in various hues, including pinks, blues, oranges, reds, greens and some can even be colorless.
- The name comes from Greek Topazios, the ancient name for St. John’s island in the Red Sea which is famous for the yellow stones mined there.
- Pure Topaz is actually colorless, and as impurities get added to the mineral during formation, the stone takes on any color.
- The most valuable type of this gem is the Imperial Topaz which has a bright orange color with pink undertones.
- It is a hard and durable stone which measures 8 on the Mohs scale.
- This stone is said to have calming properties and can help get rid of nightmares or negative thoughts from the mind.
- Brazil is the largest producer of good quality Topaz, although the gem is also mined widely in India, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Mexico & California.
- Legend has it that Topaz is useful for getting rid of enchantment and illusions.
- This gemstone is mentioned in ancient Greek texts as well as the Bible, but it’s not clear whether it referred to this actual stone or any yellow gem.
- During the Renaissance in Europe, this gem was used to break spells and help reduce anger.
- Hindus believed that wearing a Topaz pendant brought one wisdom and longevity.
- African shamans also used the stone in their healing rituals and held it sacred.
- The ancient Egyptians and Romans associated this stone with the Sun God and believed it had the power to protect and heal.
- The Imperial Topaz was mined in Russia’s Ural mountains in the 19th century, and was hence named as nobody but the Russian Czar & the royals could wear this beautiful orange gem.
- In the 1960s, a way was discovered to give irradiation treatment to colorless Topaz and turn it blue, as Blue Topaz was deemed valuable. But the man-made variety has flooded the market ever since, reducing its value.
- In 1969, Utah adapted Topaz as the official state gemstone.
- Topaz is used to heal, stimulate, recharge, motivate and soothe our body.
- It dispels negative emotions and promotes joy, abundance, good health, truth and honesty.
- This gem helps in digestion and combats eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.
- It also releases tension, thus aiding in relaxing and rejuvenating.
- Blue Topaz helps achieve truth and wisdom.
- Yellow Topaz helps boost positive energy and strengthens optimism.
- This stone also helps increase self-realisation and self-control.
- This gem is most commonly thought to be yellow or orange in color. But it comes in various others shades of the rainbow too.
- Colorless Topaz is found abundantly too and if cut brilliantly, can almost look like a diamond.
- Blue Topaz is very rare to find in natural occurrence. But they are commonly found in man-made variety.
- The valuable Imperial Topaz is found in a shade that is a gorgeous mix of yellow, orange and pink.
- Topaz comes in colors like browns, greens, pinks and violets too.
- The stone naturally occurs in very pale colors. They are mostly treated to make the colors more vibrant and intense.
- The irradiation technique that gives a vivid blue hue to the stone can have varying results. It can produce gems in a deep blue color with a greenish tone called the London Blue, a saturated intense medium blue hue known as Swiss Blue, or a vibrant light blue called Sky Blue.
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