November’s birthstone is a versatile gem, which will be welcome news for mysterious Scorpios and curious Sagittarius. Though blue is perhaps the most famous of the topaz rainbow, this gemstone can also be found in shades of yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown and red, or with no colour at all.
Found in warm climes such Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, Nigeria, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Madagascar, topaz has been cherished throughout history as a gemstone that offers many talismanic properties.
The Middle Ages were a time of great superstition in Europe, and those who could afford its protection turned to topaz, as it was believed to ward off spells and malice. Though our days of witch burning are long behind us, there are many who still believe in the talismanic power of November’s birthstone. In India, for example, topaz is worn above the heart to unleash its powers to give long life, beauty and intelligence to wearers.
Though excellent at warding off bad Juju and prized by the Ancient Greeks for its ability to give a dash of Herculean strength to its owners, topaz is not impervious to the odd knock. Registering a score of eight on the Mohs scale of hardness, topaz is a gem to take special care of to avoid chipping or scratching it – and definitely keep it away from any sonic jewellery cleansers.
For November birthday gift ideas or for a personal jewellery talisman to treasure, here is our edit of topaz jewellery to invest in now.
Ten topaz jewels for November birthdays…
Suzanne Kalan 14ct yellow gold, pink topaz and diamond Blossom ring, $770 suzannekalan.com