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November's Famed Birthstone Topaz

Derived from the Latin Topazus, November's birthstone Topaz's name comes from the island where it was first discovered. We don't know what shade exactly it was discovered in, but that's hardly a mystery because topaz comes in so many glorious, inviting shades of yellow, orange, and golden brown.

Greek myth gives topaz the enchantment of making its wearer invisible, while ancient Romans used it as an omen to improve eyesight. Ancient Egyptians wore topaz pendants to protect themselves from injury.

During the medieval age, topaz rings and pendants were worn with the belief that insomnia and insanity would be alleviated. Thought of in connection with wisdom, topaz became known as a stone for political leaders. Henry VIII is seen painted wearing stones identified as topaz, sealing its connection to royalty at the time.

In the 1800s an 1900s, topaz was favored by Russian royalties, often using pink and orange variations of the stone in rings and pendants. Pinkish orange topaz frequently identified as Imperial Topaz.

With a hardness of 8 out of 10, topaz is a stone wearable for everyday, or for special occasions. Frequently worn in autumn, topaz will still go with the fashions found during the rest of the year, and may be the perfect gift for a loved one celebrating a birthday in November.

Topaz Jewelry Showcase

Lemon Topaz Pendant
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Lemon Topaz Earrings
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