Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Topaz.
Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.
Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.
Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.
Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.
With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.
Some gemstones have been treasure since before history began and others were discovered only recently.
At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!
Some stones I will post about aren’t associated with any month, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or stunning
As you will see as we progress through the year.
In shades of yellow, brown, honey, green, blue, red, pink, and sometimes colourless, Topaz has a mass appeal.
Topaz is often found in an amber gold, yellow or a blushing pink orange, however, a pale pink or a sherry red Topaz is very exceptional.
The most prized colour of Topaz is called Imperial Topaz and features a magnificent orange with pink undertones.
Blue, one of the most rare colours of Topaz, is the most common to do due to man’s ability to enhance its colour.
Topaz with a naturally blue colour is very rare.
The ancient Egyptians and Romans, yip them again!, associated the golden gem with the Sun God giving it the power to protect and heal.
Legend says that Topaz dispels enchantment, with its worldwide mass appeal throughout the centuries, once you find that perfect Topaz you’ll soon be under its spell too.
This bright shining gem is said to be a gift from the Sun.
The name Citrine, which is derived from the French Citron for lemon, fits well with it’s colour.
With a colour range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown (madeira citrine) you can see why it was named as such.
Most people choose a Citrine based on their personal preference but some of the most sought after citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish colour.
In ancient times citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
Today, citrine is known as the merchant’s stone and is associated with success and prosperity citrine is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones.
It is relatively plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes and shapes including very large sizes.
For more information please visit https://www.gemporia.com/en-gb/learning-library/gemstone/citrine%20gemstone/
Next Month – Turquoise