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General: Topaz

           Topaz is found in Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, China, Nigeria, and the US.

          Topaz is a silicate mineral (aluminum silicate fluoride hydroxide) that is transparent and colorless in its pure form. Impurities cause a variety of colors: yellow, blue, gray, green, white, orange, red, and pink. Topaz is transparent to translucent with a vitreous luster and has a hardness of 8.
           Topaz crystals often form in air pockets in rhyolitic lava flows and granite pegmatites and can grow as large as several hundred pounds in size.

Birthdays & Anniversaries:
          Yellow topaz is the modern birthstone for November, and blue topaz the modern birthstone for December birthstone. Topaz is the birthstone for Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21).
           Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th years of marriage.
           Yellow topaz is the state gemstone of Utah, while Texas’ state gemstone is blue topaz.

          There are a few explanations for the name topaz. It may come from tapas, the Sanskrit word for fire, or from the name of a Greek author who wrote extensively about the stone in the 1600s. Some say that it comes from the name of the isle of Topasos in the Red Sea where topaz was found.
           Until modern times, though, many other yellow stones were called topaz. It is believed that the topaz referred to in the bible and other ancient texts was most likely chrysolite or peridot, and that what we call topaz today hadn’t been discovered at all.
           The ancient Greeks considered topaz to be a Stone of Strength, and during the Middle Ages it was credited with great healing powers.

Crystal Healing:
          Topaz is used to fight infections (like tonsillitis, mumps, skin infection), inflammation (including arthritis), fever, blood disorders, circulatory problems, and glandular issues. It is also recommended for eating disorders to stimulate metabolism and proper digestion while restoring the sense of taste and appetite.
          Considered a stone of practicality, topaz is used to ground a person, reduce uncertainty, increase motivation, remove doubts, attune you to your own needs, and to help you to see your options clearly and figure out the best path – all qualities that help lead a person to self-fulfillment. Topaz is valued for promoting emotional balance and peacefulness, relieving tension, improving mood, and reducing negativity, which is why it is recommended for treating depression, psychosomatic illness, and trauma. It is well known for increasing individuality & creativity.