What is the Birthstone for Novemeber?
The November Birthstone is Topaz.
For people who were born in the month of November, the Yellow Topaz is their assigned birthstone. The word came from a Sanskrit which means “fire”. During ancient times topaz was commonly used to control heat. People in the early civilizations stated that Topaz has the power to cool down boiling water. It was also used to calm people with excessive anger and to treat people with fever.
Traditional Uses of Topaz
In the Middle Ages, not all people were allowed to wear topaz. It was only worn by the clergy and people who belonged to the royal family. In the 13th century; kings, princes and magnates held a topaz with an engraved falcon to help or aid them with goodwill. The topaz was believed to prevent mental disorders, increase wisdom and strengthen the mind of the wearer. It was believed to guard the wearer against sudden death. It was also used to prevent asthma or insomnia once it is turned into a powder and added to wine. If topaz was immersed in wine for three whole days, then the liquid was rubbed on the eyes, it was seen as a cure for a weak vision.
Colors of Topaz
The topaz can be found in many different magnificent colors. It can be seen in black, brown, red, pink, yellow, pale green and blue. Some pure forms of topaz are colorless. The colorless form of topaz can be transformed into to a blue gemstone by using high energy irradiation or moderate heat treatment. Some colors of topaz are unstable and over time their color can fade. A good example of this kind of topaz is the type mined in Siberia which is called brown topaz; the brown color fades away once it is bleached under sunlight. Some stones just change their color once they are exposed to heat.
The Mineral Topaz
Topaz is an aluminium silicate fluoride hydroxide. It is considered as the hardest mineral among silicates because of its strong chemical bonds. Topaz is a very popular gemstone to use when it comes to bracelets, brooches, necklaces, clips and other kinds of jewelry because of its clarity, lively fire, beautiful colors and hardness.
Types of Topaz
If a pure topaz gemstone is brilliantly cut, it can sometimes be mistaken for a diamond. Some forms of topaz can be very expensive due to their relative rarity. The red topaz is the most valuable and the rarest color. The most popular topaz and one that commands a very high price is the Imperial topaz. It is sherry colored with a variety of orange yellow, brownish yellow and reddish brown. A type of topaz that has a lesser value is the light blue and pale yellow topaz, but it still has a stunning beauty!
Where Topaz Comes From
The name "Topaz" was derived from the Greek word Topazios which is an ancient name of St. John's Island found in the Red Sea. The topaz can be found Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, the United States and Flinders Island.