Here are some fun facts about topaz gemstones you probably didn't know:
The November birthstone is also the stone of choice for 14th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
The topaz gem gets its name from the Greek word "topazios" that means "to seek" or "to find".
Topaz is a gemstone mined and cut in different parts of the world. It is found in Russia, Pakistan, Burma, and other parts of Asia as well as Columbia, Brazil and the United States.
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 are usually associated with fluorine.
6. 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.
7. The majority of blue topaz seen on the market today is the permanent result of treating colorless topaz with irradiation and heating.
Topaz colors are permanent and do not fade even after decades of exposure to sunlight.
Topaz' inherent hardness is 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, thus making it suitable for daily wear.
10. Topaz, ranging in hue from orange to yellow, is the principal birthstone 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.