Topaz: Your November Birthstone

03 November 2016

Topaz is the November birthstone, and it ranks at the top of the hardness scale for silicate minerals. Even though this gemstone ranges in colour from clear to pale green, the yellow and the gold colours are commonly associated with this birthstone for those born in the month of November. Of course, whichever colour you select to enjoy, the meaning and history of this gemstone remains the same. We offer additional details below on this intriguing stone.


The colours of this birthstone include clear, pale green, bluish-brown, white, gold, yellow to reddish-yellow and pink. While certain colours are quite common, other ones are rare and difficult to find. Pure topaz is clear and the various impurities in the gemstone determine its colouring. For example, chromium in this stone will provide it with a pink or red colouring. In addition, since this gemstone is pleochroic, it can exhibit different shades depending upon how the light hits it. The yellow and gold shades of this gemstone are the ones most commonly associated with November as a birthstone.


Topaz ranks eight on the Mohs scale with 10 being that highest rating on this scale. With this level of hardness, topaz is scratch resistant, which makes it an ideal gemstone for rings, bracelets, broaches, pendants, earrings and other pieces of fine jewellery. To provide a visual of this hardness level, diamonds rate 10, quartz rates seven with talc being the softest at one.


Today, topaz is a symbol of affection and love, and some believe it increases the intelligence and strength of the wearer. The gemstone is also thought by some to prevent mental disorders.


The history of topaz dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. It also has a biblical reference in Exodus 28:17. In the middle ages, the clergy and royalty were the ones who mostly wore topaz gemstones. We have no way of knowing if the chemical makeup of these gemstones referenced back in history as ‘topaz’ was the same as what we know topaz as today.


Topaz comes from various countries, including:

  • Australia
  • Afghanistan
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • United States of America
  • Ukraine
  • Nigeria
  • Mexico
  • Other parts of the world

If you require additional facts about Topaz as your November birthstone, consult with our staff members here at Ken Ross Jewellers. We create fine pieces of jewellery and we stock a number of quality watch brands. Our store also will assist you in maintaining your items in a proper manner.

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