What you should know about Birthstones.
Just about everyone knows what his or her birthstone is. Why is that?
Because people still enjoy the folklore associated with the tradition of the birthstone. They like believing that wearing a birthstone brings them good luck and protects them.
Early civilization as far back as the Assyrians (1400 BC) invested rare and beautiful gemstones with magical properties. Some minerals were thought to contain a force or possess certain values and powers. For instance, amethyst was said to prevent intoxication.
Tradition associates a gem with each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone.
In time, birthstones became associated with calendar months rather than the zodiac. And people began to select birthstones in colors other than the original.
The Roman, Arabic, Jewish, Polish, Russian and Italian lists were all different.
In the practice of using stones for healing purposes certain crystals hold a vibrational pattern that affects the frequencies and vibrations of water as well as those of people. These vibrations have in them the capacity to bring on favorable changes to the individual.
By utilizing different gemstones, you can affect different parts of your physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual anatomy. It has been analyzed that the duration of these beneficial effects depend on the time that you are exposed to that particular stone.
Different crystals and minerals hold different vibrational patterns.
The following list of birthstones, which is the one commonly used today, was adopted in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers, which later evolved into the Jewelers of America.
Month Color Stone
January :: Garnet
February :: Purple Amethyst
March :: Pale Blue Aquamarine
April :: White (Clear) Diamond
May :: Bright Green Emerald
June :: Pearl
July :: Red Ruby
August :: Pale Green Peridot
September :: Deep Blue Sapphire
October :: Variegated Opal or Tourmaline
November :: Citrine or Yellow Topaz
December :: Sky Blue Turquoise or Blue Topaz
The following information includes the fascinating facts and folklore attributed to each birthstone.
January :: Garnet
When ever I buy a pomegranate and see the glossy red seeds I think of the Garnet gemstone. This is perhaps why Garnet the birthstone for the month of January comes from the Latin word for seed, "Granatum".
Garnets have been treasured for 5,000 years but their bold color has modern impact. It is reported that even Noah, used a lantern from Garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Garnets are found in jewelry from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. This rich colored gemstone has been long known as the warriors stone, as soldiers from the world over wore or carried this gem as a talisman against death and injury.
This gemstone is also known as the stone of passion. Some say it can stimulate the senses and increase your vitality and stamina. Some have nick named it as "The Sex Stone" because it is especially a good stone to wear for those lacking sexual fulfillment. Garnet is said to strengthen the life force and provide for the spontaneous availability of energy when needed. It fosters romantic love, passion and intimacy.
Although the color red is the one which occurs most frequently,there are also Garnets showing different shades of green, pale to bright yellow, fiery orange and umbra-shades.
When given as a gift, the garnet is said to grant loyalty and affection. Garnets bring constancy to friendship, stimulates success in business and brings a higher level of spiritual awareness to ones self.
When wearing a Garnet ring or pendant, one can experience great relief from anxiety and helps in imbibing many virtues like reliability, confidence, devotion, loyalty and steadiness in making decisions.
This stone of health purifies the bodies energy and extracts negative forces. It has a strong healing capacity in removing toxins, restoring, revitalizing and cleansing the body, mind, and the spirit. Simply said, it has excellent regenerative forces.
So, if you are looking for a special stone which can help you build great business, or romantic feelings and you want to keep the evil energies away, wear a Garnet piece of jewelry and see what happens!
Remember, the Universe has an open Invitation for you to transform your life and make the world a better place.
Currently, the world's largest supply of garnets is the continent of Africa.
February :: Amethyst
Shades of purple, lilac, sweet plums and juicy grapes remind me of the birthstone for the month of February. Traditionally a stone worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst.
To this day amethyst is still worn by Bishops - it is known as the bishops stone. Some people say that when worn or held, amethyst has a gently sedative energy that promotes peacefulness, happiness, and contentment as well to bring emotional stability and inner strength.They say that if you put an amethyst under your pillow it will bring pleasant dreams, or if you rub an amethyst across your forehead it will give you relief from a headache. Amethysts are recommended to those who deal with a lot of stress, such as people with an excessive work ethic who are unable to enjoy relaxation.
A summary when it is used for natural healing;
Stress: It is very good for overworked, overstressed
Addictions: those trying to overcome addictions, especially alcohol addiction, use the healing powers of Amethyst as an aid.
Protection: Amethyst is a crystal of protection, because it repels more than it attracts
Spirituality: Amethyst is associated with nobility, spiritual awareness, meditation, balance,inner peace, and positive "metamorphosis."
Crystal healing is the belief that crystals have energies and properties that are able to improve health. With this in mind please understand that Crystal healing is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment. It may be used as a supplement. If you choose to use crystal healing on yourself or others, please use your own discretion.
As "the Valentine" gemstone for jewelry designers, it is known as one of the few stones specifically prescribed for men to use for attracting women. It supposedly draws "good women" to love him.
March :: Aquamarine
March Birthstone of the Month
The sublime color of an Aquamarine gemstone is a member of the beryl family. It is a brilliant, clear gemstone that is sometimes mistaken for blue topaz. Aquamarine is traditionally the birthstone for March and is believed to be a universal symbol of youth, hope, and health. This gemstone from our beautiful earth is also the gemstone for the 19th year of marriage and for the astrological sign Pisces.
Its color ranges from light to dark blue, and sometimes a bluish green. Since Aquamarine is on the cool side of the spectrum its trendy and ethereal blue and green shades looks great against sterling silver, white gold and yellow gold.
This stone is also known as Water of the sea due to its color. This stone was used in the ancient times by sailors because they believed that Aquamarine will help them and protect them while traveling to different parts of world on water.
Aquamarine's name comes from Latin, meaning water and sea.
According to legend it has its origin in the treasure chest of the mermaids, and has for ages been reputed to be a lucky stone for sailors to ward off sea sickness and encourage safe travel on water.
The ability of crystals to conduct and transform energy is no longer a foreign idea to us. For example, every television, quartz clock, portable phone, and personal computer runs smoothly thanks to Quartz crystals.
Physicists tell us that all matter is energy in physical form. Gemstones are certainly no exception and with this idea in mind Aquamarine is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and can soothe powerful feelings such as grief and loneliness.
There are also many beliefs that regard Aquamarine as a healing stone for mental afflictions as well as physical. The stone is considered an "all purpose" healing stone as it treats spiritual and psychological disturbances as well as physiological disorders and disease. It is believed that one who wears aquamarine has a better ability to think clearly and make quick decisions.
It has been said that Aquamarine may bring inner peace, self-love while attracting angels for their guidance and protection.
Aquamarine gemstone has a history to improve self-confidence, helps in taking control over your emotions, your tolerance power and understanding. When you are wearing Aquamarine earrings it is believed to allure love and affection. Aquamarine is commonly found in countries such as Russia and Brazil and also found in other parts of the world including Colorado, which has named it their official state gem.
Gemstones are Gifts of Nature
Enjoy wearing Aqua Marine jewelry and take these Special Forces as your unique natural powers!
April :: Diamond
Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth. They are more brilliant than any other natural gem. Their sparkling fire, durability, and rarity make them the most prized of gems. Diamonds are made, at high temperature and under tremendous pressure, in the kiln of the Earth below the ground. They are most coveted for their brilliance and the investment, they represent. Diamond (from the ancient Greek ἀδάμας adámas, meaning "unbreakable," "proper," or "unalterable") is one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones. Diamonds have been known to humankind and used as decorative items since ancient times; some of the earliest references can be traced to India.
The most popular diamonds are colorless. However, most diamonds have a light tint, usually yellowish or brownish. Yellow diamonds as of recently have gained popularity and are popular in fine karat jewelry. Very rarely, diamond occurs in deep hues of red, blue, and green. Such diamonds, known as "fancies", are extremely valuable.
Diamonds are associated with love and romance. It is the stone traditionally chosen for engagement rings. And, rightly so, because diamonds foster unity, trust, and fidelity.
Diamonds are the most lustrous of true gems. They have a brilliant luster, and also exhibit dazzling color flashes known as "fire". This is caused by dispersion, where light enters the diamond and splits into the colors of the spectrum.
When diamonds flash when you move them in the light--that effect is called scintillation, and it occurs when light bounces among the facets.
A grading system, instituted by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), was implemented to evaluate diamonds based on their clarity. Three additional evaluation systems were devised by the GIA. This leads to four attributes, known as "the four C's", in which diamonds are evaluated:
The color of diamond is graded on an alphabetical scale ranging from D to Y. This scale measures the color saturation, ranging from absolutely colorless to deep yellow (or yellow-brown). D is bright white -- not a hint any other color. Y is deep yellow or yellow-brown. The letters in-between D and Y indicate the color, depending on the amount of yellow. The bar below depicts the letter and the color saturation it represents. (The bar is not limited to yellow; it may also be yellow-brown.) The letter Z in the color grade of a diamond indicates that it is a fancy, or deep-colored diamond.
The cut, or facet of the diamond, is the manner in which the diamond is cut. The most preferred cut is the brilliant cut, a facet specially designed to bring out the most "fire" in the stone. Other cuts are not as valuable as the brilliant cut.
Clarity is graded on the size and notice ability of the flaws and inclusions. Letters are assigned to a stone to label the quality of its clarity.
The size of a diamond is measured in carats (abbreviated as "ct"). Larger diamonds are worth more than proportionally smaller ones, meaning a 3 ct. diamond surpasses the value of three 1ct. diamonds. There are diamonds of all sizes and prices, and you can discuss them frankly with Mark at Argenti Designer Jewelers.
May :: Emerald
The Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. Appropriate because in the month of May, much like the color of an emerald, the leaves on the trees have burst forth a brilliant green, flowers have pushed their green stems and leaves through the soil, and the brown grass of winter has turned bright green.
Emerald is a powerful love stone. The love that emerald attracts is the "forever" love. The love of marriage and family,and is the perfect stone for an engagement ring.
The magnificent green of the Emerald belongs to the beryl family and is a color which conveys harmony and the love of nature.
There are those who have considered it to be a type of aphrodisiac. In addition, during the 3rd century ad. people believed that the Emerald stone can regulate eye pressure and many used to keep it at their working desks when working on tedious projects.
Emerald is associated with the constellation of Taurus, the bull. This shiny green stone is a symbol of true goodness and good luck for the bull individuals.
This beautiful green gemstone also are supposed to have a tranquilizing affect on the heart and mind, inspiring calm clear assurance. It has been known to lift insomnia and bring peaceful dreams.
Emerald is supposed to bring security in love and many woman over centuries have chosen this gem over Diamond as their wedding stone. Some use this precious green gemstone as the center stone in an engagement ring with diamond accents on the sides.
In ancient time they associated it to be worn only by royalty and for those of prosperity and riches.
Keep an Emerald in your work space, It has been said to improve memory and increases your mental skills. This wonderful green gem brings greater focus, allowing you to see the best solutions.
Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love used by healers to help heal the heart.
June :: Pearl
Pearl is the official birthstone of the month of June.
Pearl is the official birthstone for the month of June as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birthstone for the Sun Signs of Gemini and Cancer.
Fresh water pearls are given on the 1st wedding anniversary. Pearls are also given on the 3rd, 12th and 30th anniversaries.
Over time, pearl necklaces and the likes have become the symbol of purity, innocence and modesty. Therefore, pearls are often associated with brides: either by being sewn into her gown or worn as bridal jewelry. Historically they were worn by royalty in the same fashion, as well as in their crowns.
An organic gem, pearls are formed inside mollusks such as oysters and mussels. They are formed when an irritant such as a tiny stone or bit of sand gets inside the mollusk's shell. A lustrous substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object to protect the soft internal surface of the mollusk. As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a pearl is formed. Light that is reflected from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent luster. This process of building a solid pearl can take up to seven or eight years. The most valuable pearls are perfectly symmetrical, relatively large and naturally produced.
There are many types of pearls:
A-Natural pearls (made without human interference)
B- Cultured pearls (made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster.
Pearls Historically symbolic of purity, innocence and faith, pearls enhance personal integrity and help clear the mind so that it can be a clean channel for wisdom and spiritual guidance. They were once thought to be the tears of gods. It is firmly believed that wearing of pearl ensure happy conjugal life.
In addition many suggest that a pearl with a yellow luster brings innocence, a reddish pearl makes one intelligent and a white pearl bestows fame.
Gold and Black pearls are symbols for prosperity. Pink pearls works especially well for the heart.
A protection stone, Mother of Pearl brings the gentle healing power of the sea. It is a stress relieving stone; relaxing, soothing and calming to the emotions.
Wearing pearl jewelry may enable you to more easily express feelings of love.
Pearls are about 2% water, and should not be stored in a very warm place, or they may dry out and develop hairline cracks.
July :: Ruby
For thousands of years gemstones have been cherished ever since man first saw them glow in sunlight.
Thus the magnificent red Ruby is known to be the gemstone of life's energy and is also the birthstone for the month of July.
Ruby was considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in the world, Ruby is the perfect symbol for powerful feelings.
It is said that wearing this gemstone brings spiritual wisdom, mental concentration, focus, confidence and inspires creativity.
The Ruby is a stone of nobility. Since ancient times, this crimson colored gemstone has been known as the King of Gemstones, and has been considered to be a protective stone providing the wearer with benefits such as invulnerability and preserved health.
Rubies worn by men signified manhood and nobility. Rubies worn by women were said to invoke passion and power.
The energy of the ruby is intense and vivid. This stone encourages one to follow bliss. A wonderful stone that stimulates our basic instinct of/for survival. It strengthens both the physical and emotional heart.
In ancient times the fiery blood red Ruby was said to wake up the heart with Love - Confidence - Loyalty - Courage.
Ruby is a form of Aluminium Oxide known as Corundum.
Ruby, the name for this particular type of Corundum is taken from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red”.
Ruby is rated at 9 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and is second only to the Diamond in this regard. Generally, this precious gemstone exists in red, pink, blood red and light pink colors.
The ruby gives positive life force qualities and reduces negative thoughts of a person. It is also considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe.
Sleeping with a ruby will help promote lucid dreaming, warding off bad dreams and allowing your conscious mind to interact with your subconscious mind.
The ruby is quite certainly a wonderful gemstone for bringing fire into your life and filling it with love. It also helps sexual love to be more passionate.
Ruby encourages joy, spontaneity, laughter and courage.
Any jewelry that is designed to carry a Ruby signifies so much passion and love between two people, that it makes Ruby an ideal choice for engagement or Valentine’s Day jewelry. Furthermore, Ruby is the gemstone to be given on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Ruby allows the fire of passion and love to advance. It helps to bring down the walls we build around us to keep others out.
The uplifting and vital nature of Ruby is an encouragement to live fully, and embrace the joy of life.
On the other hand, dreaming of rubies, may be a sign of an opportunity or money coming your way!
August :: Peridot
Peridot gemstones have been in use for many thousands of years... and were historically called "Olivine". The vivid green of Peridot, with just a slight hint of gold is caused by its iron content. It is known as a stone for prosperity and happiness and it is the ideal gemstone color to go with that light summer wardrobe.
No wonder since the Peridot is the official birthstone for the month of August as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.
The first discovered source of this gem was on the Egyptian island Zagbargad... and they have been mining this beautiful green gem there since ancient times. The Roman historian Pliny wrote about it in about 50 ad, and he said that it had already been mined in Egypt for thousands of years.
Gem quality Peridot comes from Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites. It's been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of Chrysolite.
The Peridot is a very old gemstone, and one which has become very popular again today.
Legend says that Peridot was one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the "emeralds" worn by her were actually Peridot. Its preeminent benefit is its strong energy, that comes like a beam of sunshine into your life. The vibration of this stone is high . . . high enough that even small stones have an energy that will easily be felt.
It is said that the Pharaohs appreciated this gem so much that they enslaved the residents of the island and made them mine the stone. The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, which does not change even in artificial light.
Peridot opens, cleanses and activates the heart, which can help one to release old baggage. All burdens, guilt and obsessions become cleared and a new psychological clarity and feeling of well-being begin. Peridot teaches that holding onto the past is counter productive. It shows you how to detach yourself from outside influences and how to look to your own higher energies for guidance.
Anger is an emotion Peridot has been known to be very beneficial for. The stone calms the nervous system, helping to dissolve emotional tensions and bringing balance to the system. It actually attracts love and calms raging anger from within. It alleviates jealousy, resentment, and spite, and reduces stress.
The Peridot stone can be extremely beneficial to those who are having self-esteem problems. The stone enhances confidence and assertion without aggression.
The Peridot is cut in accordance with its crystal shape, mostly faceted or in classical table cuts, or round, antique, Peridot may also be given as a gem on the 16th wedding anniversary.
September :: Sapphire
Sapphire, the September birthstone has to be one of the easiest gemstone colors to wear with any wardrobe.
This eloquent gem has been popular since the Middle Ages and according to folklore, will protect you from envy and harm, relieve mental tension and dispel depression. Sapphires are said to align the physical, mental, and spiritual planes and restore balance within the body. When worn in a necklace they are know to facilitate creativity and self-expression. History says that in ancient times, sapphires were known as the "wisdom stone".
Each color of Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom while it is supposed to release mental tension, depression and unwanted thoughts. Sapphire gemstone is also good for helping solve problems and particularly aids in sexual relationships because it tends to make deep bonding between people and creates loyalty.Sapphires are well known among the general public as being blue, but can be nearly any color and are actually found in a range of colors.
In my years of designing jewelry blue is by far the most popular color for sapphire but pink, orange, yellow, white, and even black have generated much interest in the jewelry market. The Blue Sapphire is traditionally associated with purity and love. Yellow Sapphire attracts wealth and brings prosperity to the home. Pink Sapphire clears emotional blockages bringing peace and unconditional love.
Many believe that a girl who wears yellow sapphire will get married early! I have designed many Tennis bracelets that contained a complete rainbow of sapphire gemstones for clients and because they are extremely durable can be worn on a daily basis. It is known that Sapphire is the second hardest crystal that Mother Earth has given us. Second only to the Diamond.
Interestingly you will find that sapphire crystals are used on the face in genuine Rolex and other fine Designer watches because they are extremely scratch resistant. Derived from the Greek word sappheiros, sapphire means 'precious stone'. Historically regarded as an important stone, we may speculate this is why Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a sapphire engagement ring.
Your thoughts and concepts also strongly influence your emotions and emotional expressions. For example, if you think a certain situation will make you afraid, you will feel fear; or if it makes sense to your mind that a situation should make you feel loving, you will feel love. Consequently, when Sapphire puts the mind in order, the emotions naturally become more organized, more orderly, and more easily understood. With this idea in mind understanding the metaphysical energy from this gemstone may help assist you with the emotions you want to express.
With all the vibrant colors and symbolic meanings, it is not a surprise that Sapphire jewelry has been popular throughout the ages of time.
October :: Opal
Flashes of vibrant colors, fire and lightning's, all the colors of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. All of nature's splendor seems to be reflected in the opulence of fine Opals.
The name Opal came from the Greek term "opallios", which translates as "color change." Known as the stone of Lovers and Artists' - Opals have always been associated with love, hope and desire.
The ancient Greeks and Romans referred to Opal as the 'Cupid Stone', because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love.
It was reported through legends and tales surrounding this colorful gemstone that the creator came down to earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. At that very spot, where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow.
That was the birth of the Opals.
Some suggest that when a person is wearing an opal it brings loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity as it encourages the wearer to put out positive emotions.
Some people concede that wearing Opals add charm to your personality and problems in your love life will be improved.
Opal is an emotional balancer which aids inner beauty, faithfulness and adds positive energy in the wearer. It also strengthens the will to live and is believed to help cure depression and bring confidence.
Modern spiritual interpretation say that wearing, touching and observing Opal helps to increase mental capacities such as creative imagination and other unused powers of the mind.
Opal aids in conscious connection with enhancing intuition and the recollection of earlier lives.
Opal has reputed healing properties and the ability to increase mental capacities and stimulates originality and creativity while encouraging an interest in the arts.
Australia is the classical country of origin. Almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.
In addition to being the birthstone for the month of October, Opal is the anniversary stone for the 14th and 18th years of marriage.
Many civilizations, cultures, and peoples have used crystals, stones, and minerals for a multitude of purposes - including healing and protection, not only for humans, but also for their animals and the environment.
Regardless of the way in which they serve, Opals are gifts from the earth that bring pleasure to the eye as they display their many colors and geometric forms.
Find an individual gemstone that harmonizes with the frequency of your energy field and let it fuel your intuition with sudden sparks of insight and wisdom.
November :: Citrine
As a jewelry designer for more than 25 years, I have noticed that most people who want to use crystals have a particular purpose in mind. Furthermore, not everyone reacts the same way when exposed to a particular crystal.
As a living organism, the body wants all its components to be in proper alignment. Consequently it is important to find a gemstone that matches your inherit vibration for it to deliver the maximum benefits more effectively.
Citrine carries the healing properties of the sun and has many positive attributes when it comes to aiding the physical self. Carrying the power of the sun, it is excellent for overcoming depression, fears, phobias and brings in a quiet, refreshing peace.
The golden Citrine is a wonderful stone and is known as the "success stone" because it promotes success, prosperity, and abundance. It particularly promotes success in business, earning it another nickname, the "merchant's stone", It is said to bring a bounty of business if put in the cashbox of a shop.
Citrine helps to manifest your goals, keeps one cheerful, attracts abundance and personal power. It stimulates the body's own healing energies and is good for helping to elevate self-esteem.
This is one of two stones that I know for sure does not absorb any negativity.
Actually, Citrine dissipates negative energies of all kinds. Since it eliminates negative energies, this blissful gemstone helps generate stability in all areas, and is good for general protection.
In many countries, it is believed that when wearing Citrine, it can help one's memory and can aid in problem solving. Ancient mythology refers Citrine to be highly beneficial for reversing degenerative diseases.
Citrine supports generosity, yet at the same time, helps you hold onto your wealth. It is said that the stone will draw all the good things in life to you.
Found mainly in Brazil, France, Russia, Spain and the USA, Citrine has powers over the mind, cash flow, and healing abilities. For money, the "merchant's stone" should be used to manifest extra cash flow.
For the healing aspects of citrine, it carries the virtues of self-healing, inspiration and self-improvement.
Citrine can open your mind to new thoughts, insights, and perceptions, and promotes clarity in thought.
I am always fascinated by the healing and spirituality associated with beautiful gemstones from our earth. It is important for us to be conscious and responsible with the good health of our body. The metaphysical and healing of crystal meanings is for inspiration, folklore, reference, and entertainment purposes only. Mystical lore on crystal healing and spiritual healing is not a prescription, diagnosis or healthcare information, they are alternative and complementary.
Citrine's popularity by spiritual healers and Feng Shui practitioners are very popular because it is the HAPPY Stone, full of Joy and Sun energy ...
So wear Citrine whenever you feel down, and LIGHTEN UP!
December :: Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz is the accepted birthstone for December and is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.
Blue topaz has become a popular gemstone for those who prefer faceted stones.
Sky Blue Topaz, Swiss Blue Topaz, London Blue Topaz are names used in the gem trades to refer to the depth of color. Sky Blue is the lightest while London Blue is the darkest blue.
A mineral of somewhat varying composition belonging to the silicate group. It is not a quartz and therefore has nothing in common with citrine quartz, a far less valuable stone. True topaz may be yellow, gold, pink, blue, green, mauve or red It does not reflect the light to any great extent; so the larger the stone the better. It is widely used in jewelry making and frequently imitated by citrine quartz.
Whatever the color, topaz has some wonderful gem qualities due to its high refractive index and its ability to take a fabulous polish. At hardness 8 topaz makes a good gem for occasional wear rings, pendants, earrings or brooches. It comes from Brazil, where it is as widespread as amethyst, Australia, Madagascar, USA, Mexico and Ceylon.