Friday, December 4, 2009

The December birthstone "Blue Topaz" is derived from the word "Tapas" meaning fire. This was because the ancients thought this gem had cooling properties. Some have sad that it not only cooled boiling water when thrown in, but that it could also cool boiling tempers. The gemstone was also credited with many healing powers such as the ability to cure insanity (I need this one sometimes), asthma, weak vision and insomina. Some even thought the blue topaz to have magical powers rendering its wearer invisible in certain situations.

Pure topaz is colorless but due to certain elements, it can come in a variety of colors such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink. Topaz is often heat treated to give the various blue colors such as sky blue, swiss blue and the treasured london blue.

Topaz is found in the USA, Brazil, Sri Lanka, China and Mexico.

In researching this article, I found that the gift of blue topaz is a symbol of love and fidelity. Luckily, this cool gemstone has no legendary power to put out the burning flame of love!

Stop by during this Christmas season and check out our blue topaz selection as well as other wonderful gifts for your loved ones!

Bill Warren, Registered Gemologist Appraiser & Owner
The Gold Mine
545 Main St.
Hudson, NC 28638

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