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TOPAZ

Topaz: GEM OF THE SETTING SUN

Topaz is the Birthstone for those born in the month of November. It also representing the 4th and 19th Wedding Anniversary.

The name Topaz comes from Topazios, an island in the Red Sea. In 15th century Rome, Topaz was used to detect poisons, calm anger, and break spells. Christians believed Topaz stood for uprightness; and to Hindus, Topaz worn above the heart  prevented thirst and assured long life, beauty, and intelligence. The Greeks felt Topaz gave them strength and was used as an amulet against harm.
 
The Egyptians said that Topaz was colored with the Golden glow of the mighty Sun God Ra. This made Topaz a very powerful amulet that protected the faithful against harm. The Romans associated Topaz with Jupiter, who is also the God of the Sun. Topaz sometimes has the amber gold of fine cognac, or the blush of a peach, and all the beautiful warm browns and oranges in between. Some rare and exceptional Topaz are pale pink to a sherry red.

Wear Topaz only if you wish to be clear-sighted. Legend has it that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eye sight as well. The Ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.  Its mystical curative powers waxed and waned with the phrases of the Moon: it was said to cure insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages.

Perhaps the most famous Topaz is a giant specimen set in the Portuguese Crown, the Braganza, which first thought to be a Diamond. There is also a beautiful Topaz set in the Green Vault in Dresden, one of the most important Gem collections.

Brown, yellow, orange, sherry, red, and pink Topaz is found in Brazil and Sri Lanka. Pink Topaz is found in Pakistan and Russia.

Topaz is a very hard Gemstone but it can be split with a single blow, a trait it shares with the Diamond. As a result it should be protected from hard knocks.