Exciting news November babies as you have not one, but two birthstones to choose from: citrine and topaz. However, it’s not surprising that these two November birthstones share a history of mistaken identity since both are known to have calming energies, bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer.
But for this post, we’re focusing on topaz. If you wanted to find out a bit more on citrine, click here.
Topaz rank 8 on the Mohs scale (a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another) and was previously the gem of choice for Russian royalty. This pretty gemstone can be colourless, light blue, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown and, very rarely, red. Here are our favourite 5 facts about Topaz:
- The name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. Interestingly, this island never contained topaz but it was a source of peridot, which was previously confused with topaz.
- Topaz is allochromatic, which means that colour is created by impurity element or defects in the crystal structure. The rarest topaz colour is a vivid purplish pink.
- In India, many believe that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty and intelligence.
- During nineteenth-century Russia, the Ural Mountains were the leading source of topaz and the pink gemstone mined from the area was named to honour the Russian Czar. Ownership of topaz was restricted to the royal family.
- Topaz is pleochroic, meaning that the gem can show different colours in different crystal directions.
Did you know? You can customise many of our pieces with your choice of stone, including topaz. Shop and customise your piece here or contact us to talk about incorporating topaz into your unique, handmade heirloom.