Facts About Gemstones: Blue Topaz
Learn some quick facts, symbolism, origins and attributed mythology and power of the Diamonds used in the Women's Designer Blue Topaz Jewellery from Mother and Daughter Jewellery:
- Colour: Pale Blue to Deep Blue
- Hardness: 8 (on Mohs hardness scale, 0 being least resistant and 10 most resistant)
- Stone family: Topaz
- Birthstone month: December
Due to their exceptional hardness and their large flawless crystals, Topaz makes exquisite gemstone jewellery that make it one of the most popular choices for jewellery for women throughout the ages. So exquisite is that gemstone that in 1740, the Braganza "diamond" (1,640 carats) was found in Ouro Preto, Brazil. It was set in the Portugese crown, and was thought to be the largest diamond ever found. The fact that it was a diamond was never confirmed, and it is now in fact believed to have been a colourless topaz!
Most gems, such as sapphire, are coloured by trace elements such as iron or titanium. Some gems, such as peridot, are coloured by elements in their essential chemical composition. But topaz is unique in that the colour results from so-called colour centres, which are imperfections in the crystal lattice that change the way the crystal absorbs light.
Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to be an aid to ones sweetness and disposition.
Origins and legends:
Topaz gets its name from the Greek word topazion, which may originate from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning, “fire.” The name might also come from the name of the Egyptian island of Topazos (now St Johns island) in the Red Sea.
Mythology and alternative powers:
Blue Topaz helps in bringing body, mind and spirit into union. It assists in recognising where you have strayed from your own truth.
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