November Birthstone - Topaz

November Birthstone - Topaz Crystal

Topaz either got its name from the Greek word topazion meaning fire or it might have been named after the Egyptian Island of Topazos, now called St. Johns Island in the Red Sea where it was thought to have originated. Later it was discovered that the stone was probably chrysolite and not topaz.

Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring mineral and comes in a wide variety of colors and transparencies. Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, and often confused with citrine, which is a less valuable gemstone. There are a variety of treatments and impurities that give the topaz its different colors. The pink and red varieties come from chromium replacing aluminum in its structure.

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Topaz is usually found in granite or in lava flows crystalizing in vapor cavities. Western Utah's Topaz Mountain is known for its topaz rich lava flows. Topaz is found all over the world with Brazil being one of the largest topaz producing locations.

Topaz is said to promote good fortune, concentration, and to amplify creative energies as well as being a symbol of friendship. Orange topaz is the state gemstone of Utah and blue topaz is the state gemstone of Texas.

November Birthstone - Topaz
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