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Natural Topaz Stones

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Topaz is a rare silicate mineral. It is known for 3 things.

  • One of the most beloved gemstones in the world
  • being "mineral number 8" in the Mohs Scale of Hardness
  • It is a birthstone for the month of November

Natural topaz has an unusually wide range of colors, including various tones and saturations of brown, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Topaz can show different colors of gemstones in different crystal directions. So this is pleochroic.

In mythology, topaz is depicted as a stone that brings peace and healing. It originates from the island of Topazios in the Red Sea. It was discovered by the Romans. They believed that it would protect them from enemies and bring them peace and that placing this stone next to a poisoned drink would change its color.

Topaz is found in many places around the world where rocks such as pegmatite and rhyolite are formed. This is a small amount of mineral. Topaz is a secondary mineral based on its formation time. Brazil is the source of the most important topaz in the world. Pakistan is a small but notable source of pink, red, and violet topaz. Sri Lanka is a very important source of colorless topaz. Other sources of topaz are Australia, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, and Zimbabwe.

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