November birthstone: Topaz ‘The calming stone’
Topaz is from the orthorhombic crystal system, occurs in a wide range of colours and is a transparent to translucent stone with a vitreous lustre, and found in Australia, America, Madagascar, Pakistan, Russia, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Brazil, which is the most important source of topaz.
The word topaz comes from the Greek Topazios, which was the classical name for St John’s Island, from which a yellow stone was mined in ancient times and was difficult to find.
One of the most famous topaz is a colourless 1680 carat stone called the Braganza Diamond, part of the Portuguese Crown Jewels, and it was originally wrongly identified as a diamond!
Traditionally topaz has been said to symbolize balance, calm, joy, success, good fortune, protection, love, peace, creativity, hope, faithfulness, and friendship. (Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.com)
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