November Birthstone Blue Topaz: Fun Facts
We've included some fun facts about blue topaz. So when you surprise someone with their birthstone, you can use these fun facts to wow the crowd and score a bonus piece of cake!
- The origin of the Topaz gemstone's name comes from the Sanskrit tapas for fire.
- The beautiful topaz represents the months of November and December and is the birthstone of both the astrological signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius. Topaz is the birthstone of the Chinese zodiac sign of the Horse.
- In fact, topaz's most common color is colorless — and as such topaz was often mistaken for a diamond — but it might also come in warm brown, purple, honey yellow and green colors.
- Most of the topaz on the market is heavily treated—either irradiated or heat treated—it is really hard to find an authentic topaz.
- Topaz is found in all colors of the rainbow. Red is its most valuable color and is often called imperial topaz. Less than 1% of all gem quality topazes display this color.
- Most of the topaz on the market comes from Brazil, Australia, and Mexico. Topaz is not found in abundance, thus bona fide topaz is highly valued and more costly.
- One of the most well-known topaz gemstones 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.
- Topaz is an excellent crystal for helping to boost one’s spiritual development. Topaz helps one attune to higher wisdom, clarify one's vision for life, as well as live with openness and integrity.
- The topaz gemstone provides several physical benefits to the users. Wearing a golden topaz can help in dealing with low immunity, obesity, anxiety, muscle cramps, joint pains, lower backache, diabetes and liver-related disorders, etc.
- Revitalization on both physical and emotional levels is another prized property of the topaz gemstone. Gently but surely, topaz helps circulate energy in one's body to promote a warm glow of fresh energy.
- It is important to properly care for Topaz gemstones since they are relatively easy to scratch. Although the topaz is quite a hard stone, its structure makes it susceptible to breakage due to sudden changes in temperature and hard contact. Topaz, whether treated or not, naturally fades over time. Topaz is best stored at moderate temperatures and out of the light, as exposure to sunlight may dim its color. Dark velvet jewelry pouches are ideal for protection as they keep light and dust out and prevent physical damage.
- When it's time to clean your topaz, do not use any special jewelry cleaners, as they often contain chemicals and acids that are too harsh for this stone. Simply soak in a lightly warm water solution and mild soap dish for 10 to 15 minutes instead. Rub any remaining dirt off with a soft cloth, then rinse it in warm water and pat the piece dry.
- Topaz is usually set in gold, as the Fire element of the gold brings forth the warm fiery radiance of the topaz.
- Blue topaz is the color of water, making it a wonderful substitute for the rarer and far more expensive aquamarine.
- Topaz stands for loyalty, friendship, and faithfulness, making it an ideal gift for a wedding or anniversary.