Fun Facts AboutTopaz Gemstones
The topaz gemstone is a beautiful and popular stone that has been beloved by many cultures throughout history. This fascinating stone has a long and storied past, and there are many exciting facts about topaz that are worth learning. Here are just a few of the most intriguing things about this lovely gem.
- The topaz gemstone is the birthstone of November babies and the zodiac birthstone for Virgo (August 23 – September 22) and Leo (July 23 – August 22).
- The amber-colored version of topaz is most commonly known for being the November birthstone since it is similar in appearance to November's other birthstone, the citrine gem.
- Blue topaz is reserved for the 4th wedding anniversary, while imperial topaz is the traditional gift for the 23rd wedding anniversary.
- One theory is that the name topaz comes from the Greek word "topazios," which means "to seek" or "to find." 'Some say its name comes from a small island in the Red Sea named 'Topazos.' The second theory is that the name comes from the Sanskrit word, "tapas," which means fire.
- Raw topaz is mined and cut in different parts of the world; Raw topaz mines exist in Russia, Pakistan, Burma, and Asia.
- A topaz gem typically forms in igneous rocks like pegmatites, granites, and rhyolites and grows in lava flows!
- Topaz colors occur in many varieties. Topaz crystal is typically colorless in pure form, but impurities give it different colors; the yellow, green, pink, violet and blue topazes result from fluorine.
- Most colors of Topaz on the market today, except for colorless, light blue, and yellow, derive their color from either irradiation or heat treatment. So, if you heat Yellow Topaz from the Ouro Preto region of Brazil, it is possible to turn it pinkish.
- Red is the most valuable hue and is often known as imperial topaz; this color appears in less than 1% of all gem-quality topazes.
- Imperial topaz is yellow, pink (rare, if natural), or pink-orange. Some imperial topaz stones can fade if overexposed to sunlight.
- Topaz gemstones, ranging in hue from orange to yellow, are the principal stone for persons born under the sign of Scorpio. The imperial topaz, also known as golden-yellow topaz, is a potent Scorpio birthstone and a crystal for Pluto, Scorpio's ruling planet. The Scorpio birthstone aids one in accomplishing their goals and ambitions.
- A few different varieties of blue topaz are marketed in the jewelry industry: swiss blue topaz, London blue topaz, and sky blue topaz.
- While blue topaz can occur naturally, this is extremely rare. Most blue topaz stones are treated by taking colorless or lightly colored topaz and combining them with heat and radiation.
- Orange topaz, also known as precious topaz, is the traditional November birthstone, the symbol of friendship, and the state gemstone for the US state of Utah.
- Topaz gemstones' inherent hardness is eight on the Mohs scale of hardness, thus making topaz's durability good enough for daily wear.
- Mystic topaz is colorless topaz with an artificial coated, making it rainbow-colored.
- The El-Dorado Topaz weighs a whopping 31,000 carats (6.2 kg or 13.67 lbs), and the El-Dorado Topaz currently holds the crown as the largest faceted gemstone in the world.