Unpolished topaz


November's birthstone

Photograph by Phil Degginger, Jack Clark Collection

Represents faithfulness

You’re devoted to those you care about. Friends and family can always count on you.

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.

Rock-solid facts

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