Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The word topaz is related to the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning "heat" or "fire but the name topaz is probably derived from an island in the Red Sea, Topazos.
The Egyptians believed that topaz was colored by the rays of the Sun God Ra and that a Topaz amulet would protect the faithful wearer from harm. The Romans also associated topaz their God of the Sun and believed Topaz would change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
Topaz comes in many colors, including clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and blue. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce. The most common color is yellow with a red tint; the most valuable is pink to reddish. The coloring agents are iron and chromium.
The blue Topaz is the state stone of Texas. Pictured, Carys style earrings in London Blue Topaz.

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