Topaz is a pleochroic gemstone, meaning it can exhibit a wide variety colours at different angles and in different lighting. It is well known as one of November's birthstones and can be found in range of colours, such as blue, pink, yellow and orange. Topaz is most commonly found in Brazil, but also occurs in Mexico, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Japan, Myanmar and Australia. We are going to explore the history behind the use of topaz and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not a November baby).
The History of Topaz
The Ancient Egyptians believed that topaz symbolised the Sun God, Ra, because of its rich yellow hues. They used topaz for healing and as a talisman, helping to ward off dark magic and evil spirits when worn on the left arm. The Ancient Egyptians found topaz to be a powerful protector, believing that the stone would change colour in the presence of poison.
In Ancient India, shamans often used topaz for healing rituals and paired the stone with gold to attract wealth. Some historians believe the name "topaz" is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas", meaning heat or fire. The Ancient Hindus believed that topaz was strongly linked to the planet Jupiter, meaning the stone's powers could wax and wane depending on the lunar cycle.
Some historians also believe that Ancient Greeks were responsible for naming this stone after an island in the Red Sea, called Topazios. This island was said to be rich in topaz, but these minerals were later identified as peridot gemstones. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used topaz to increase both physical and mental strength, prevent injury, increase intellect, reduce inflammation, aid eyesight and heal sleep disorders. It was also said to bless the wearer with the power of invisibility. Like the Ancient Egyptians, they too linked topaz to Jupiter and the Sun God, Apollo.
The most famous topaz is believed to be the Braganza, which was discovered during the 18th century in Minas Gerais in Brazil. It was said to be a whopping 1680-carat stone and sits on the Portuguese crown.
During the 19th century, the imperial topaz variety was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia. This orangey-pink gemstone was only allowed to worn by the Czar and those he gave permission to. Imperial topaz is now considered to be the most precious variety of topaz gemstones.
Topaz is a stone of love, passion and purpose, and is closely linked to the solar plexus and sacral chakras.
All varieties of topaz are said to strengthen the nervous system and the eyes. It is also believed to boost one's metabolism and energy levels, aid digestion and help to overcome eating disorders. Topaz elixirs are known to aid the healing of wounds and reduce snoring.
Each variety of topaz can hold individual energetic properties:
Yellow and pink topaz: aids treatment of the liver, gall bladder and endocrine glands.
Blue topaz: reduces fear of public speaking and blood pressure, and aids healing from a sore throat.
Clear topaz: aids treatment for respiratory ailments.
Topaz is said to be a powerful stone for encouraging forgiveness and truth-telling. It is believed to transmute negative thoughts and fears into confidence, joy and love. It can stimulate one's creativity and forms of self-expression, and is often used to manifest one's dreams and good fortune.
This is a stone is a great tool for cleansing the aura and aligning the meridians. It has the ability to direct its energy to where it is most needed within the body, and aids spiritual development and connections to one's spirit guides.
Topaz has become a more accessible gemstone, however it still holds an exotic and mystical charm that is timeless.
* This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.