Topaz is widely known as the birthstone for the month of November. It is said that Topaz was named after a small island on the Red Sea named “Topazos,” and another theory surrounding the name suggested that it is also believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word “tapas” which translates to fire in reference to its color. Topaz was said to have first been discovered in Germany during the year 1737.
Topaz comes in various colors not just the common brown and blue, it also comes in yellow, pink, orange, red, violet, and green. It is often times considered a rainbow gemstone. In fact, red or otherwise known as the Imperial Topaz is the rarest form that Topaz can be found. Topaz has often time been confused with other minerals such as citrine or smokey quartz. In history, it is said that people wore Topaz to treat things in the body such as low immunity, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and even joint/muscle pain. In fact, during ancient times Egyptians believed that topaz obtained its color from the glow of the sun god Ra. During ancient times, Greeks believed that Topaz contained the ability to increase their strength during troubled times.
Topaz can come from various places in the world such as Pakistan, Brazil, China, Russia, Burma, Madagascar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and the United States. However, the majority of the world’s Topaz can be found in parts of Brazil. Topaz is silicate that is made up of aluminum and fluoride. They grow as mineral crystals within granite rocks and lava flows.
In crystal belief it is said that Topaz contains the ability to promote and aid in truth and forgiveness. It is associated with the Sacral Chakra along with the Solar Plexus Chakra. Topaz is also associated with providing good fortune, good health and as well as attraction.