Unpolished topaz
Photograph by Phil Degginger, Jack Clark Collection

Topaz is November's Birthstone

Topazes come in a wide range of colors. Many of them are golden; some are pink, green, or colorless.

Old-School Myths

In ancient Egypt the topaz's golden glow was said to come from the sun god Ra, and the stone was supposedly a powerful amulet against harm. Other legends proclaimed that a topaz cleared people's thinking, increased strength, and warned of poisoned food or drink. It supposedly cured insomnia and asthma, and stopped bleeding.

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