November babies are lucky enough to have the beautiful topaz as their birthstone. Lucky because topaz comes in an array of colours, is said to bring good fortune and best of all, is relatively affordable. Which means the only challenge is deciding which piece to go for! Here’s everything you need to know about this versatile gemstone to help you decide.
Where is Topaz found?
Topaz is found right across the world. Which is one of the reasons why topaz jewellery won’t break the bank in comparison to more expensive gemstones like diamonds or emeralds. Brazil, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are particularly good sources of topaz. But the gemstone can also be found in widespread places like Germany, Japan, Nigeria and Australia.
What Colour is Topaz?
Topaz is actually a colourless stone. But naturally forming impurities can cause it to turn into almost any colour and shade. And each shade varies in terms of desirability and cost. One of the most popular colours for topaz jewellery, and the traditional colour for a November birthstone, is a rich yellow or amber. But blue is also a popular alternative. Fiery red topaz, known as Imperial topaz, is the rarest and most valuable form of the gemstone.
What does Topaz Symbolise?
The word topaz is thought to derive from the Sanskrit word “tapas” which means “fire” and so reflects the warm hue of the stone. In the Middle Ages, grinding topaz into a powder and mixing it with wine was thought to bring a goodnight's sleep. The stone was also thought to have strong healing powers – improving eyesight, reducing fever and even preventing an early death.
Gifting yellow topaz is said to bring the wearer good fortune, wisdom and a feeling of calm (which makes it a great gift for those fiery November–born Scorpios). Whilst blue topaz is thought to represent love and fidelity. Which makes our Blue Topaz Hypoallergenic Stud Earrings the perfect pressie for that special someone in your life.
How Expensive is Topaz?
The cost of topaz will depend on the colour, clarity and cut of the gem. Expect to pay more for pinkish, red stones and natural forming blues but less for clearer colours and citrine. Unlike other gemstones, topaz should be clear so any visible imperfections would impact the value. You’re also likely to pay a premium on any cut above 10x8mm.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive orange topaz, look no further than our topaz style Swarovski Crystal Hypoallergenic Earrings. Which have the same vibrancy at a fraction of the cost. And the fact that they’re allergy free makes them perfect for those with sensitive ears too.
How do you look after Topaz?
Topaz is a hard stone so is generally hardwearing. But it’s shape can sometimes lead to chips and cracks so be careful not to knock it against hard surfaces when you’re wearing it. Like all precious stones, you should try to avoid it coming into contact with harsh chemicals. For example, you should aim to remove a topaz ring when using hand sanitizer.
To clean your topaz, soak your jewellery in soapy water before wiping it with a soft cloth and patting it dry.