A little known fact. Imperial Topaz is the birthstone for November – not Citrine. Because of the rarity of the color variation of Topaz, many commercial jewelers have convinced people that their birthstone is Citrine or that Citrine is the “alternative” birthstone. It’s less expensive and easier to find. To further the sales boom, retailers are suggesting that any color of Topaz will be okay, and blue is pretty inexpensive.
I am all about saving people money, AND as an artist that creates adornment of meaning, I’m going to say….go with Topaz . . . and blue is okay.
While pure topaz is actually clear, Imperial Topaz is orange or yellow. It can also be found in a pink color, but only very, very rarely. Did you know that blue Topaz is irradiated to get that blue color?
Large deposits of topaz are actually, naturally found in the USA! However, Imperial Topaz comes only from Brazil, which makes it more rare and costly, although some recently-discovered orange and pink topaz in Pakistan, is being considered “imperial” as well. Topaz is an igneous rock, which means that it’s formed by cooling magma (yep, we’re talking volcano-stones here, people)!
“How did certain gemstones become associated with the months of the year? Experts believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible. In Exodus 28, Moses sets forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
Later, these twelve stones were likely also linked to the twelve signs of the zodiac. Eventually, they also became associated with the twelve months of the calendar.
That wee bit of history is why I think it’s a good idea to stick with the birthstone associated with your birth month. There is some ancient energy here and you will gain the most from the alignment.
If you’re a bit stagnant right now in life, an Imperial Topaz piece might be helpful. The wearer or holder of an imperial topaz stone can perhaps expect the following:
Encourage self realization and confidence
Impart strength to quiet wild emotions
Banish bad dreams
Bestow charisma on its user
Topaz draws love to its wearer
Healing properties of Imperial Topaz:
Stimulate the appetite
Aid in nervous exhaustion
Activate life force and metabolism
Activate my life force? Yes please!
Here are some additional resources of information on the stone and it’s history:
Next month we’ll talk about Zircon – blue . . . which is the birthstone for September, not blue topaz 🙂