Topaz, the birthstone of November, is particularly helpful at this time of year. November is typically a dark month, with myths and legends taking centre stage. Topaz is a gem stone that’s associated with the Egyptian Sun Gold and healing. It’s not only the Egyptians that believed in Topaz’s capabilities. Arguably taking things one step further were the ancient Greeks, who believed that Topaz could increase an individual’s strength and could even make you invisible!
Europe in the 1300s to the 1600s might have witnessed the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery, yet Europeans believed that Topaz could thwart magic spells and dispel anger. To wear Topaz above the heart in India brings long life, beauty and intelligence – just imagine the powerful message that a Topaz necklace or pendant will send the wearer. Topaz has strong links with India, with some scholars tracing the name’s origin back to Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, where the word topaz means ‘fire’. Topaz is also excellent for cleansing the aura and for relaxing and releasing tension at any level.
Topaz is said to bring the wearer true love, friendship and success and to help with communication. That’s perhaps why Hollywood superstar, Anne Hathaway, is such a fan.
As well as its healing properties, Topaz offers protection to the wearer. It could be down to its - typically - rich yellow brown tones, but Topaz represents opulence, generosity, vibrancy and strength. To possess this gemstone brings the owner true love, friendship and success.
While Topaz is often thought of as a yellow, golden, orange stone, it can, in fact, come in a number of different colours and hues. Topaz also presents as a fiery pink-red stone or a sky blue. While many blue Topaz are naturally occurring, colourless Topaz can be treated with irradiation and heat to create fabulous blue Topaz. The rainbow effect seen in “Mystic Topaz” is created by coating colourless topaz with a thin artificial film.
Blue Topaz has a legion of fans, including Cate Blanchett, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez, and it features regularly on the red carpet as it comes in large gems that create statement pieces. Blue Topaz also gets the royal seal of approval as the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, has been often seen sporting a pair of blue Topaz and diamond drop earrings.
Topaz is a powerful stone but one that brings great strength and support to the wearer. Topaz can be breath-taking, especially when viewed as larger gems. If you happen to be in Madrid, then it’s well worth a trip to Programa Royal's Art Natura complex, where you can view the world's biggest blue Topaz – the Marbella Topaz. At 8,225 carats, this expertly cut, oval Topaz, it is staggeringly pure and transparent and has to be seen to be believed.
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