Topaz is derived from the Latin word Topazus, the island where the stone was first found. Ever since this stone, whose colors can range from yellow to orange to golden brown, was found, it has been sought after for various reasons.
Ancient Greeks believed topaz made its wearer invisible. Ancient Romans wore topaz to improve eyesight. And Ancient Egyptians believed topaz pendants helped protect them from injury.
In Medieval Times, topaz pendants and topaz rings were worn in the hopes of healing everything from gout to insomnia to insanity. During this time topaz was also associated with wisdom and was commonly given as topaz rings to political leaders. It is believed that the rings with golden brown stones in the famous portrait of Henry VIII must be topaz since no other stone that color would've been considered appropriate for royalty at that time.
Topaz was not only popular with Western European royalty. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Russian royalty preferred topaz pendants and rings that were orange to pink in color. This is why this colored topaz is sometimes referred to as “imperial topaz.”
Today, along with being November's birthstone, it is considered appropriate to give topaz jewelry for the sixteenth wedding anniversary. Whether as a gorgeous gift for someone else or for yourself, consider stopping into our store to peruse our collection and see why November's birthstone has been sought after by people for thousands of years.
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