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The Greek name for Topaz is Topazios, meaning 'to guess'. Topazios is also an island in the Red Sea that is almost often covered in fog and thus hard to find, hence the meaning 'to guess'. This island was the earliest know most abundant source for Topaz.

Today topaz is most abundant in Brazil, but there is also an impressive supply in Russia. Topaz can also be found in areas of the United States.

Topaz is a mineral which has been known and prized since biblical times for its remarkable clearness and transparency. Its decline in popularity some time ago was due mainly to the fact that many far inferior stones were wrongly termed topaz. [1]

Topaz is the birthstone of November.

Blue Topaz is the gemstone designated for the 4th wedding anniversary.
Imperial Topaz is given for the 23rd wedding anniversary.

[edit] Mystical Uses of Topaz

The topaz is said to dispel sadness, anger and nocturnal fears, to warn its wearer of poisons and protect him or her from sudden death.

It is reputed to make men handsome and intelligent and sterile women fertile and happy.

In earlier times, topaz was believed to be able to actually absorb the heat of a fever.

Blue topaz has been said to be extremely helpful to those who are angry by promoting the surrender to forgiveness of oneself and others, thereby releasing the anger that can hold a person back from living a healthy life. [2]

[edit] Colors of Topaz

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Topaz in its natural state can be clear (if no impurities), blue, brown, orange, gray, yellow, pink, and green. [3]

When heated, yellow topaz often becomes reddish-pink. Topaz can also be irradiated. This results in turning the stone blue, ranging from a light pure color to very dark almost electric blue.

[edit] Resources

  1. The History and Value of Topaz
  2. Mystical Properties of Topaz
  3. Topaz in Widipedia

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