Topaz

Topaz has a history that goes back at least two thousand years.

 

The use of Topaz goes back to Egyptian times, when the ancient Egyptians believed that yellow topaz received its golden hue from the Sun God, Ra.

 

Some believe that "topaz" is a Middle English word, which was acquired from the Old French word "Topace" and Latin "Topazus", the root of which is in the Greek word "Topazios" or "Topazion"; the ancient name of an island in The Red Sea where the ancient Greeks mined a yellow gem that they believed to be Topaz. The name of the island means "to seek" in Greek. It could have been so named because it was difficult to find amongst the mist. This island is now known as "Zabargad" or "St John's Island", and it is thought that the gem mined by the ancient Greeks was actually "chrysolite". The Christian Old Testament makes references to topaz, but this gemstone may have also been "chrysolite", rather than topaz. The word "topaz" could also have stemmed from the Sanskrit (the ancient language of India) word, "tapas", which means "fire".

The ancient Greeks believed that Topaz was a powerful stone that could increase the strength of the wearer and even provide invisibility in desperate times. Both the ancient Egyptians and the Romans associated Topaz with the Sun God.

 

Imperial Topaz is the birthstone for those born in November and for those born under the zodiacal sign of Sagittarius. It is also the gemstone that commemorates the 23rd wedding anniversary.

 

Blue Topaz is the birthstone for December and is used to commemorate the 4th wedding anniversary. It symbolizes friendship and fidelity.

Topaz's properties are that it enhances good communication, cheerfulness, self-confidence and creativity.

Topaz is said to enhance all types of inspirations and harmonises the various aspects of our lives.

Metaphysical Properties of Blue Topaz - individuality, creativity, confidence, clarity of thought, communication.

 

In traditional Indian belief systems, Topaz is said to unlock the throat chakra, which facilitates communication and self-expression.

Topaz is a Soothing stone.

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