Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Topaz
November’s birthstone Topaz represents love, strength and intellect
Story of November’s Birthstone Topaz
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?
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
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.
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
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.
I’ve chosen a beautiful soft yellow and deep bright blue topazes for my new birthstone Satsuma stud earrings.