November's Birthstone - Topaz
If you're lucky enough to be born in November, then you have a fabulous range of jewellery to choose from as Topaz comes in a range of colours and is far more affordable than many other gemstones. Found throughout the world, Brazil remains one of the largest sources of quality Topaz.
One of the hardest of the gemstones, it's perfect for creating dazzling jewellery as its clarity and range of colours makes it ideal to cut as a gemstone.
Along with Citrine, it's the traditional birthstone for November, and orange Topaz is the November colour.
The symbol of friendship, wearing Topaz will increase your creativity and mental clarity. Being a stone of revealing, it will help you recognise lies and deceit.
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The birthstone for November, Topaz is a gemstone of abundance and the manifestation of pure desires - it may not bring you wealth, but it will enhance your mental clarity and creativity to achieve your goals.
A silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine - Al₂SiO₄(F, OH)₂, Topaz has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale. Although hard, it is prone to fracture due to its crystalline structure, so should always be treated with care.
Naturally occurring in shades of yellow, orange and brown, Topaz is often confused with Citrine. The inclusion of different impurities leads to pinks, reds and greens, while colour treatment of the clear for gives us blues.
Associated Topaz Zodiac
There are two Zodiac signs which traverse November: Scorpio which covers October - November and Sagittarius from November - December.
Time period: 23 October– 21 November
Ruling planet: Pluto, Mars
Time period: 22 November – 21 December
Ruling planet: Jupiter
The History of Topaz
Mined predominantly in Brazil, deposits are found worldwide, making Topaz quite a common gemstone.
As the name Topaz has been used historically as a reference to any yellow stone, its exact history is quite unclear, although it has been suggested through biblical and medieval texts that it has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years.
The Value of Topaz
Although originally selling for £15-£20 per carat, the availability of Topaz today makes it one of the most affordable of gemstones.
The Power of Topaz
Topaz is mainly a stone that manifests personal intention, making your will and desires real.
Wear Topaz to help align your desire to the power of the universe and make your dreams come true.