November’s Birthstone is Topaz. The colors range from red and orange to pink, yellow and gold, and bright blue . Wearing Topaz will increase friendship, and love and ensure fidelity in the one you love.
Topaz has been thought to have medicinal and healing properties. In some cultures it was thought to cure blindness and stave of death. During the black plague clerics thought you could cure someone by touching the stone to the open sores. To prevent asthma it was sometimes ground into a powder and added to a glass of wine. Topaz is November Birthstone and the traditional gift for the twenty-third anniversary.
Topaz’s colors range from red and orange to peach, pink yellow and gold, and in some cases fluctuate according to temperature changes. Discoveries from Brazil in 18th century were brilliant pinks and reds. These stones were used by the Russian czar’s and became known as Imperial Topaz.
Topaz is found in Mexico, Brazil, Africa and China. Topaz has a rating of 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.