NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE - TOPAZ
is the November Birthstone and the
Sagittarius Zodiac stone. Blue topaz
has been considered a valid alternate birthstone for December, and is given on
the 4th anniversary. Golden topaz is given on the 23rd anniversary. Topaz is
associated with the values of strength, wisdom, and courage.
Topaz is a common
gemstone that has been used for centuries in jewelry. Its golden brown to yellow
color is classic but is confused with the less valuable citrine, which is
sometimes wrongly sold under the name topaz. The blue topaz that is often
confused with aquamarine is rarely natural and is produced by irradiating and
then heating clear crystals.
Topaz is the hardest silicate mineral and one of the hardest minerals in nature.
Topaz crystals can reach incredible size of several hundred pounds.
Topaz can make very attractive mineral specimens due to their high luster, nice colors and well formed and multifaceted crystals.
Topaz may be colorless, yellow, orange, red, blue and green.
For more information on topaz, see the topaz page.
For natural topaz mineral specimens see our For Sale or Sold lists