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Topaz

Gemstones
Topaz
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. Folklore attributes numerous curative powers to it - healing everything from tempers, insanity, asthma and insomnia to warding off sudden death. Topaz is said to assist in communication and self-expression; some believe that topaz can promote virility in men. 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.

 

Colors: Comes colorless as well as orange-yellow, red, honey-brown, light green, blue and pink.The most rare and valuable topaz is yellow, or pink to reddish-orange, and is known as "imperial topaz" or "precious topaz".
Shapes: Topaz can be cut into a great variety of shapes, such as square, round, octagon, pear, oval, and hearts. Facets show off the clarity and brilliance of the gem.
Origin: Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and China.
Care: Protect from scratches, sharp blows and extreme temperature changes.
Notes: Derived from the Greek word meaning "to shine" and implying fire.