Topaz is a silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Al2SiO4. Mohs hardness number of 8 makes it the hardest silicate mineral. Its hardness, large variety of colours and the fact that Topaz is the original November birthstone are the reasons why is this precious gemstone so popular nowadays.
Meaning and healing properties of Topaz
Topaz soothes, heals, stimulates and re-charges body and mind. It is also known as a stone of love and fortune. Topaz is said to be problem-solving. It will help you release tension and negative thoughts and it will stabilize your emotions. Topaz promotes openness and honesty in relationships. Topaz will also stimulate self-confidence and awareness and your ability to understand new things and to learn.
Topaz fights eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, and heart diseases. It can also stop the bleeding of wounds or cuts. This gemstone is great for making chronic pain more bearable throughout the day.
Colours of Topaz
Natural Topaz stones occur in a wide range of colour, however, most of these gemstones are colourless.
The second most common colour of Topaz is red and pink. Red, pink, violet and purple colour occur because of the traces of chromium.
People especially enjoy “imperial Topaz”, which is a variety of Topaz where red and orange appear in the same crystal. These gemstones are found mostly in Brasil.
The lowest value has Topaz with brown or yellow colour. Topaz gemstones with these colour are very often heated, irradiated, coated, or treated in other ways to adjust their colour.
Besides all of these colours, Topaz also includes tones and shades of blue and green.
Finding natural blue Topaz is extremely rare and the colour is very often light blue. Because of this, almost every piece of Blue Topaz on the market is colourless Topaz that has been irradiated and heated to make a dark blue colour. This type of irradiation can make the Topaz slightly radioactive but the level of radioactivity declines as soon as the irradiation is done. Nowadays, Blue Topaz can be bought in three shades: sky blue, Swiss blue and London blue.
Another favourite variety of Topaz is Mystic Topaz. Mystic Topaz is natural colourless Topaz that was artificially coated, which gave it a magnificent rainbow look.
Topaz gemstones are usually cut as oval, pear or round shapes. Topaz is known for its soft and gentle look. This makes Topaz ring a perfect engagement ring, which will enchant every woman’s heart. Topaz is usually combined with white gold and diamonds. The feminine and gentle appearance of Topaz necklace or earrings will surely please the woman of your life.