November's Birthstone: Fun Facts About Topaz

Topaz Gemstone

We've included some interesting facts about topaz. So when you surprise someone with their birthstone, you can use these fun facts about topaz 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.
  • 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.
  • The topaz birthstone's most common color is colorless  and as such topaz was often mistaken for a diamond.
  • Most of the colors of topaz crystals on the market are heavily treated—either irradiated or heat treated—it is really hard to find an authentic topaz.
  • Topaz colors come in all shades of the rainbow. Topaz colors include various tones and saturations of dazzling blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, brown, etc.
  • Yellow is the signature color for the November birthstone. Yellow topaz is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, which means it's a little less likely to break than diamonds.
  • Golden Topaz's creation comes from heating its more common cousin, Topaz. Golden Topaz benefits include bringing peace and prosperity to those who wear it. It can help to increase positive energy and self-confidence and can clear away negative energies.
  • Its most valuable and rarest gemstone color belongs to red topaz. The colors of topaz red crystals are reddish-orange known as Imperial Topaz. Red topaz makes up less than 1% of all gem-quality topaz stones.
  • Imperial topaz price fetches in excess of $1000/ct for large (10ct+) sizes. Scarce red or rich pink topaz can reach $3500/ct.
  • Most of the raw topaz on the market comes from Brazil, Australia, and Mexico.  Raw topaz is not found in abundance, thus bona fide topaz is highly valued and more costly.
  • The blue topaz birthstone a.k.a Texas Topaz is extremely rare. Texas Topaz is found in the granite plutons of Mason County, Texas.
  • 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.
  • Topaz gems are excellent crystals for helping to boost one’s spiritual development. The topaz birthstone 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.
  • Topaz Care: It is important to properly care for Topaz gems 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. 
  • The blue topaz birthstone 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.