The Beauty and Metaphysical Benefits of Topaz

Published: 14th May 2009
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Topaz is a beautiful gemstone and has been used in silver jewelry such pendants, bracelets, and necklaces. While the beauty of the stone has certainly played a key role in this growing popularity, many believe that this stone has several beneficial metaphysical and spiritual properties. Overall, topaz is considered to be an energizing and warming crystal. Topaz is said to stimulate the brain, helps in abstract and creative thought, and improves trust and protection. It helps a person suffering from negativity, exhaustion, and tension. It is also believed to physically protect property from natural and manmade hazards. Topaz is also believed to help with the physical being. It helps with ailments of the blood circulatory system, liver and kidneys. Some believe that is a palliative against pains from arthritis, rheumatism, gall bladder and endocrine glands. Greeks in particular were strong believers in the powers of topaz. They believed that this stone increased a person's strength and even made the wearer invisible! They also believed that topaz changed color as an indicator of poisoned food or drink. It was also believed that the power of this stone varied with the phases of the moon. Some believed that when powdered and mixed with wine, topaz cured asthma, insomnia, burns and hemorrhages.

For many years, gemologist around the world had several misconceptions about topaz. Many believed that topaz was a form of quartz. Others believed that the large stone in the Portuguese royal crown was a large diamond. However, as methods of examination and analysis improved, gemologists started to learn much more about this gemstone. Today, we know that topaz is a silicate of aluminum and fluorine. A higher water content causes the stone to be yellow to brown, while a higher fluorine content makes the stone blue or colorless. The most popular color is a rich orange-yellow. Similarly, when gemologists were given access to the crown of the King of Portugal, they found that the stone was actually topaz and not a diamond.

Topaz in nature is most commonly found as blue crystals. However, it can also be found in pastel shades of orange, peach, brown, pink, or even brilliant red. In imperial Russia, pastel colored specimens were particularly coveted. Even today pastel topaz is often called "imperial topaz". Large specimens of topaz hold their color better than smaller ones, and so larger stones are more valued than smaller stones. Specimens of topaz are sometimes heat treated to improve the depth and intensity of color. Topaz can be combined with other gems in new and innovative jewelry designs. One winning combination has been to include a deep blue topaz pendant in a freshwater pearl necklace.

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