The name Topaz comes from the ancient Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. Others link it to the Red Sea island of Topazios (or St, John’s Island) where Peridot has been found.
Topaz was thought to fuel matters of the heart, inspire courage, increase intuition and sharpen wit.
Topaz is the traditional birthstone of November (golden topaz also known as Imperial Topaz) is the suggested anniversary gemstone for the 4th, 19th, or 23rd year of marriage, symbolizing love, truth and devotion.
Topaz comes in a variety of colors with the rarest being natural pink, red and fine golden orange. Intense firey-golden in Imperial Topaz, particularly in large to medium sizes, is considered among the most valuable. The abundance of blue Topaz makes it the most affordable.
The name “Imperial Topaz” is said to have originated in the 19th century Russia, where the Ural mines were an important source. According to some sources pink Topaz was restricted to the family of the Czar.
Colorless Topaz is routinely irradiated to produce blue, red, or green colors. Topaz in yellow and orange is occasionally irradiated to intensify color. Brown Topaz is not commonly enhanced. To clean Topaz use a warm damp cloth and a soft brush. Although Topaz is hard, it cleaves and a sudden impact can cause a break; be careful when wearing a Topaz ring.
The gemstone of friendship, Topaz reveals the gracious and charismatic qualities of those who wear it.