Steven DiFranco Jewelers

November Birthstone - Topaz

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Topaz gets its name from the island "Topazios" in the Red Sea. Topazios is a Greek word meaning, "to guess". This suited the island well as it was often obscured by fog, making it difficult for early navigators to find.  For many years all yellow stones were called topaz.  The ancient Greeks believed topaz-bestowed strength to its wearer.  It was worn as an amulet to ward off enchantment, dispel sadness and strengthen intellect.  Topaz was believed to assure beauty, fidelity and long life.

Topaz occurs naturally in many colors; yellow, orange, brown, red, pink, light blue, pale green and colorless. The blue shades (sky, Swiss and London) are very popular in jewelry today.

  • Specific Gravity: 3.53

  • Refractive Index: 1.619-1.627

  • Hardness: 8

  • Color: Yellow, orange, golden, or brown.

  • Countries of Origin: Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Burma, China, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

  • Wedding Anniversary Gift: 4th-Blue Topaz, 23rd-Imperial Topaz

Wearing Conditions: For intelligent everyday use, the Topaz will offer the wearer longlasting beauty, but if abused, Topaz may break.

Cleaning Conditions: Topaz can be cleaned by an ultrasonic, but it is not recommended. The safest course of action is to use a brush and warm, soapy water.