- Natalie's Fine Jewelry -
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Bradenton, FL 34210 

November Birthstone

Traditionally, Topaz is the Birthstone for November

Topaz is a very fine gemstone - often ignored and almost always underrated.  

There are many different colors of topaz, so if you are not a brown gemstone lover, do not despair!  Topaz

comes in many lovely shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, peach, and clear. It is a durable gem, and
many of the loveliest antique jewelry pieces are made with topaz.

Topaz is commonly mistaken for other gemstones, and vice versa. Very often citrine,
peridot, quartz, morganite, apatite, aquamarine, beryl, kunzite, tourmaline, and
zircon are confused with it, due to its incredible spectrum of color possibilities

It is one of the hardest gemstones, with a hardness rating of 8 on the Moh's scale of hardness, with

diamond rating a 10, and talc rating a 1. It is the same hardness as spinel, softer than sapphire, and
harder than the beryl group, which includes aquamarine.

Very few gemstones wear so well, as topaz can take quite a beating, and still retain the sharpness
of its facets. Its beauty closely approximates that of the finest gems,and Imperial Topaz, which is
an exquisite peach/salmon color is the most expensive form of it.

Here is some interesting trivia about Topaz:

* Topaz is believed to be the gemstone specific to 4:00 in the afternoon.

* If worn as a pendant, or amulet, it is reputed to give the wearer courage, drive sadness

away, and increase the I.Q.

(We'd all better get one!)

* Powdered topaz is supposed to cure you, if you sustain burns, OR if you suffer from
hemorrhages, insomnia,  or asthma.

* It is considered to be a symbol of friendship and true love.

* Topaz is mentioned in the Bible, in Revelation 21, as one of the foundation stones

of the heavenly city.

* Sunday's gemstone is topaz  

(I guess it is deemed holier than the others.)

* It is designated the gemstone for 15th anniversaries.  


Topaz is found in many places, worldwide. It is mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, Burma, (which is
now Myanmar), China, Australia, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia,
Zimbabwe, Tasmania, Zaire,Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon), Ireland, Scotland, England, and also in
Texas, Utah, California, Colorado, New Hampshire - in the United States.

The chemical composition of topaz is Al2(SiO4)(OH,F)2 which is a silicate
of aluminium, containing fluorine and hydroxyl - and, yes, that
is "aluminium", not "aluminum".​

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