December Birthstone Infographic Blue Topaz Jewelry
Believed to come from the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning fire, and the Greek word "topazion", an old name for an island in the Red Sea. Topaz is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and China.
Facts & Figures:
In ancient times, topaz was often thought to have a special connection to the sun. Egyptians believed topaz was given its radiance from the sun god Ra, and that the stone would protect them from harm. Romans associated the topaz with their god of sun, Jupiter. Birthstone for the zodiac signs Sagittarius & Capricorn.
According to tradition, December's birthstone, the topaz has the power to sharpen intelligence, calm the temper, aid in sleep, dispel bad omens and lengthen one's life.
Comes in a variety of colors including white, yellow, orange, blue, brown and pink. In nature, topaz is widely found in golden tones that can range from amber to peach. Blue and pink topaz gemstones are especially rare in nature. Topaz's sky blue hue is one of the most popular colors for jewelry designs.
A very hard gemstone (8 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale), but should be protected from hard blows. Favored for its durability and affordability.
Topaz gemstones are often presented in oval, cushion & emerald cuts. Topaz gemstones work beautifully in multi-stone settings & can be accented with sterling silver or gold.
Care & Handling:
Sudden temperature changes should be avoided, as well as prolonged exposure to bright light. Clean with warm, soapy water & store in jewelry box.