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Product Name : Natural Topaz
Gemstone Count : 1
Carat Weight : 7.61 Ct.
Dimension : 14.8 X 10.8 X 6.5 mm.
Shape/Cut : Oval / Mixed
Hardness : 8.0
Treatment : No Heated
Specific Gravity : 3.4-3.5+
Refractive Index : 1.61-1.64
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The origin of the name topaz generates confusion, as some references point to the Sanskrit word tapaz, meaning fire, while others believe it is named after Zeberget, an island in the Red Sea that the Greeks called Topazius, the ancient source of peridot.
While some sources think this was due to ancient confusion between topaz and peridot, it now appears more likely that this name might have come from confusion with the Greek word topasin, which means to guess or conjecture, possibly in reference to the way fisherman sometimes lost the island in fog. Regardless, in history the name was not consistently or specifically applied (it was once used to describe most yellow gems) and sometimes topaz and peridot are mentioned as being the same and sometimes different.
Interestingly, in the famous book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, the esteemed gemologist George Frederick Kunz (1856–1932) states that these two gems are the same species.
Topaz is an inherently romantic gem and features regularly in the titles of romance novels and honeymoon destinations. Its name indicates beauty, rarity and wealth, and imparts a sense of timelessness.
While the golden yellow and blues of topaz are the most widely known, topaz actually comes in a diverse array of striking colors. This combined with its beauty and durability, makes topaz jewelry ideal for all occasions.
Legends and lore
Many ancient traditions and beliefs have created a brilliant history for topaz. Like peridot, the Egyptians called topaz the “Gem of the Sun,” believing it was colored by the golden glow of their sun god Ra and thus a powerful protector from harm.
Greeks and Romans also associated the golden crystals with their sun god, Jupiter. They believed the gem increased their strength and could neutralize enchantments.
Topaz is mentioned in the Bible as being one of the “stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:13–16) that were given to Moses and set in the breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28:15–30). Topaz is also one of the twelve gemstones set in the foundations of the city walls of Jerusalem (Revelations 21:19) and associated with the Apostle Matthew.
Bushmen in Africa used topaz in healing ceremonies and rituals to connect with ancestral spirits.
In medieval courts, kings, judges and other noble persons were often presented with an engraved topaz to win favor and cultivate positive relationships.
If you are on a journey of spiritual change, topaz is believed by crystal healers to make an excellent companion. It apparently teaches you to trust in the universe, aiding you to fully recognize the magical laws of attraction, increasing your ability to manipulate them.
Once believed to make you invincible during danger, topaz is also believed by some crystal healers to strengthen confidence and to help you make correct decisions by giving you the courage to follow through on choices, thereby changing dreams into reality.
Meditations with topaz are believed by some to help awaken sleeping talents and illuminate co-creative energies.
Just the facts
Mined from both host rock and alluvial deposits, its unique crystal structure makes topaz a hard and dense gemstone. Because of this, pure colorless topaz has often been mistaken for diamond. Weighing 1,680 carats, the huge Braganza gemstone mounted into the Portuguese crown jewels was originally thought to be a diamond—in fact it is a beautiful clear topaz.
A hydrous aluminum fluorosilicate, topaz is usually formed in granitic pegmatites and in quartz veins.