Gem of the Month — November

The color of certain gems can be quite intoxicating. From the pale amber gold of old cognac to the warmly glowing browns of aged whisky and fine sherry, golden topaz invites us to drink in its beauty. Its warm golden hues, touched with peach overtones, brings a youthful blush of color to those who wear it.

Topaz was revered by the Egyptians and Romans, who associated it with the setting sun. It was also the gemstones that were reported to form the foundation of the twelve gates to the holy city of the New Jerusalem. Wear topaz only if you wish to be clear-sighted: legend has it that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. Medically, topaz was believed to cure asthma, insomnia and, burns. In modern times, rich stores of Golden Topaz were discovered in Russia; placed in the jewels of Russian Czarina's, and the gem earned the name "Imperial Topaz."

Golden Topaz was mined in Saxony Germany during the 18th century, however crystals were quite small. Larger crystals were later discovered in Brazil. This South American country remains the primary source for gem quality Golden Topaz.

Golden Topaz is most commonly used for November Birthdays and for those who are celebrating their 4th, 19th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. Also, due to its mesmerizing hue this gem is symbolic of love and affection. So remarkable is the transparency and brilliance that famous examples have been confused with diamonds.

Scientific Qualities:
  • Gem Species: Topaz
  • Hardness: 8
  • Sources: Brazil
  • Qualities
    A - light golden color; good cut
    AA - light to medium golden to slight peach; eye clean; good cut
    AAA - medium to strong golden with peach tones; eye clean; good cut

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