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For thousands of years the mere mention of Topaz has conjured thoughts of opulence and luxury, influence and generosity, vibrancy and strength. To possess one brings true love and fidelity, friendship, and a gentle nature, bestowing the gifts of courage and wisdom, and success in all endeavors. Its energy, harnessed from the sun, transcends both time and space, and is one of the most loving, beneficial crystals one can gift to the Self.
From the pure light of clear Topaz, to the gold and sunny yellows, to the fiery pink-red varieties, Topaz warms to its solar energy, diffusing and radiating its gentle power in all directions…soothing, healing, stimulating and recharging. It brings solid, lasting energy, joy, generosity and abundance. Blue Topaz draws its solar influence from the entire sky, where strength and vitality become inspiration, breath and momentum. It promotes truth and forgiveness, expression, and the confidence to fulfill one’s aspirations. Topaz is also considered to have lunar connections, its color and power waxing and waning in union with the moon’s cycle.
Topaz is more than an enhancement stone, it is regarded as the “crystal of potency,” with ends and facets (and those which have been faceted) that produce both positive and negative currents. It differs from the energy of Quartz in the way its alternating currents are linked and broadcast via the ethers to the forces of attraction and manifestation. A request to the Universe focused through this gem brings an intense clarify to one’s intention and increases the focus of one’s thoughts, energy and actions in order to manifest one’s desires into physical reality. Topaz is highly effective for affirmations and visualization, meditation and projection, and is an excellent talisman for discerning Divine wisdom and connecting to the heavenly realm.
Topaz occurs in a wide range of colors; the varieties most commonly used for metaphysical purposes are listed below. In addition to the general properties they share, some have additional properties or are more suited for some applications. As Topaz magnifies whatever energy is focused through it, it is important to be conscious and responsible in its use.
Blue Topaz - reflects the energy of the mind and knowledge, stimulating one’s self-confidence and ability to learn and think through complex concepts and ideas. It inspires creativity, increases attention span and helps one achieve perfection in various projects and aspirations. Placed on the Throat or Third-Eye Chakras, Blue Topaz helps one to more consciously and clearly articulate the thoughts and feelings one needs to communicate, and to make clear distinctions about what one does and does not want in one’s life. Blue Topaz is a stone of peacefulness, calming to the emotions, and ideal for meditation and connecting with spiritual beings. It is a natural magnifier of psychic abilities, assisting those who wish to attune to inner guidance, as well as those who serve others through readings or spiritual healing. While it may be difficult to acquire naturally occurring Blue Topaz stones or crystals, natural specimens are best suited for metaphysical work. These stones are resonant with the perfected pattern of the human body and energy system and are ideal for gemstone healing layouts.
Clear/White/Silver Topaz - embodies the energy of the spirit and opens one’s senses to the essence of the Self. It brings an awareness of one’s thoughts and deeds and the karmic effect these have, as well as a cosmic awareness and understanding of the “big “picture” and how one fits into it all. Stimulating the Crown and etheric chakras, this high-vibrational crystal dissolves mental attachments and purifies emotions, helping to heal the soul. It enhances spiritual development, and works to clarify one’s intention and align it with Divine Will in order to manifest it in the physical world. Clear Topaz removes stuck or stagnant energy, and allows one to discover their inner wealth of knowledge and abilities, and push creative and spiritual endeavors to the limit. It is highly effective for honing psychic and intuitive gifts, especially clairvoyance and clairsentience, and is a remarkable stone of truth, permitting one to perceive the truth in others and to maintain adherence to the truth in oneself.
Golden and Imperial Topaz - embraces the nobility of spirit, status, personal will and ability to manifest one’s desires. It activates the Base, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, as well as the Crown, increasing the ability to direct one’s own energy or Universal energy into form. It is a stone of creativity and intention, generating abundance within the context of what is appropriate for one’s highest path. Used respectfully, it is an excellent crystal for conscious attunement to the highest forces in the universe, and may be used to store information, energy, thoughts and love received in this manner. Like a battery, it can recharge one spiritually and physically, boosting faith and optimism, and increasing one’s confidence, self-worth and pride in one’s abilities without inflating the ego. This stone is beneficial to those seeking fame or overcoming limitations in order to implement great plans as it increases one’s charisma and attracts helpful people, while inspiring one to remain generous and open-hearted. The energies of Golden Topaz move more slowly and are more grounded than Clear Topaz making it ideal for enhancing relaxation and stimulating feelings of peace. It is an excellent crystal for meditation and connecting to the Divine, Ascended Masters, and Archangels.
Pink Topaz - personifies hope, allowing one to experience the presence of the Divine. It encourages integrity, honesty and openness, and brings good fortune in matters of love. Stimulating the Heart Chakra, it aids one in attracting genuine love, not a romanticized version, and dissolves destructive tendencies to obsess over unreciprocated love or waiting for an indifferent person to soften. Pink Topaz helps ease the sadness of those who have been hurt by love or loss, and is a marvelous gift to a first love for a birthday or anniversary to signify affection that will continue to grow over time. Natural, untreated Pink Topaz is very rare and one of the most valuable forms of Topaz.
Purple Topaz - exemplifies spiritual wealth, bringing the energy of prayer and blessings to one’s life. It promotes a connection between the Heart and Crown Chakras, moving the Kundalini, and providing a transfer of energy between the two. It inspires a loving countenance to one’s spirituality and a sanctity to the range of one’s love. This mineral is elevating and highly transformative, amplifying one’s ability to give and receive abundantly on all levels. Purple Topaz is an excellent talisman for decision-making, relaying information of which one may be unaware, as well as revealing any serious flaws in logic or lack of objectivity. It serves to protect against attracting the wrong person to one’s life, one who will not further one’s happiness or who may cause pain, and has been known to provide an audible resonance (clairaudience) of warning as one is getting to know another and there is any holdover energy from previous lives.
Brown Topaz - engenders strength and stability, confidence and commitment, increasing faithfulness in love and the ability to build lasting friendships. It is an excellent gift for those who distrust life and other people to become more open and welcoming, and is a marvelous aid for relieving agoraphobia, excessive timidity, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Brown Topaz stimulates the Root Chakra and increases strength, motivation and security. It assists in providing a stable environment for tasks such as beginning a family or starting a new business. Though it is not rare or particularly valuable as a gemstone, Brown Topaz is often called the “earth gem” and is esteemed for its metaphysical properties. It is a great talisman for all who work on the land, with animals, or in conservation. Used in a quiet place in nature on one of seasonal change points, this crystal allows one to see earth spirits and elf or fey energies.
“Rutilated” Topaz - enkindles beauty and light, creation and inspiration. In this wonderfully rare Topaz, fine hairs of Goethite or Limonite seem to float within the transparent crystal, creating an enchanting configuration that enables one to draw upon the Divine light of imagination. It stimulates the Third Eye Chakra and is extremely effective for visualization and manifestation, and when conscious direction of the mind is employed, may be used for “gazing.” Rutilated Topaz guards against interference from the physical or spirit world, and may be programmed to attract love and light to all facets of one’s life. The configuration of red Rutile within Topaz has the additional benefit of activating and increasing survival instincts.
Topaz is an aluminum silicate fluoride hydroxide crystal, occurring in pegmatites and high temperature quartz veins, as well as in cavities in granite and rhyolites. It is highly transparent with a vitreous luster and a hardness of 8, and has no industrial uses except as a gemstone. Topaz forms in various tones and saturations of yellow, gold, orange, red, blue, green, purple and brown, as well as colorless. It is found around the world, and huge and flawless crystals weighing up to 220 pounds have been discovered. Many have been cut into giant gemstones weighing thousands of carats, and are in private collections and museums.
The name Topaz likely comes from topazos, a word meaning “to seek” and the name given to the unique gems discovered on the ancient and obscure Topazios Island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. However, the island never produced Topaz, but was a main source of Peridot(dubbed the “True Topaz” at a time in antiquity when all yellow stones were called Topaz). Some scholars trace the name’s origin back to Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, where the word topas or tapaz means “fire.”
The term “Imperial Topaz” originated in 19th century Russia, where the Ural Mountains were Topaz’s leading source. The rare pink gemstones discovered there were named to honor the Russian czar, and ownership of these stones was restricted to the royal family. Today, the gem trade generally uses the term for Topaz in pink, pinkish gold, golden yellow-orange, orange-brown and red hues, the most valuable forms. True Imperial Topaz is always untreated, and material which has been colored by artificial means is not regarded as genuine Imperial Topaz.
Since Topaz occurs in a wide range of colors, it may resemble other transparent gemstones, and the term “Precious Topaz” is often used to distinguish between true Topaz and lookalikes. Much Citrine and yellow Sapphire has been sold as “Gold, Scotch or Madeira Topaz,” and while there is Brown Topaz, the term “Smoky Topaz” refers to Smoky Quartz. Blue Topaz does occur in nature, but is rare and almost always lightly colored. Most, if not all, of the Blue Topaz used in jewelry is clear or lighted colored Topaz that has been irradiated, then heat-treated to produce the trademarked Sky Blue, London Blue, Swiss Blue, etc. Most Pink Topaz is heat-treated yellow or brownish Topaz, and the lovely Mystic and Azotic Topazes are synthetically colored by depositing an extremely thin metallic layer over the top of the gem. While enhancements, especially heat treatments, have been around since the earliest civilizations, they do not take away from the extraordinary beauty of nature’s crystals. It is important, however, to buy from reputable dealers and know what you are receiving, and whether or not they fulfill your purposes for metaphysical use.
Warning: Some Topaz, especially varieties that have been irradiated, may be heat and light sensitive, and may fade over time with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Topaz is a stone of love and good fortune, and is highly effective for bringing successful attainment of goals. It is great for attracting the right person into one’s life, for friendship, love or business, or to improve existing relationships. It enkindles honesty, faithfulness and trust.
Topaz may be drawn upon to uncover lies and illusions, in others, as well as in recognizing where one has strayed from one’s own truth, out of fear or in the desire to manipulate others. Topaz increases in power from the crescent to the full moon and is thought to be most able to detect fraud in love or money at this time. As Clear Topaz is most in tune with the moon, wear or carry when reading a crystal ball, and hold one up to full moonlight to see images or symbols significant to you. Touch a Blue Topaz when you need people to reveal secrets or correct misinformation.
Use the energy of Topaz to wipe away tiredness or release burdensome emotional routines. It is superb for lifting one’s mood and feeling good about oneself, and for the impetus to put good thoughts into action. Golden and Imperial Topaz fight depression, and placing Yellow Topaz over the solar plexus brings an intense feeling of well-being. Blue Topaz helps control anger and brings hidden emotions to the surface so they can be dealt with in a calm manner.
Topaz has been referred to as the “gourmets’ stone,” known for its ability to liven sensitivity to taste and stimulate the taste buds. It is an excellent crystal for those whose sense of taste has faded or been temporarily lost. Wine stewards have been known to use it before blind taste tests, and sucking on a Topaz before a meal allows for better appreciation of food as well as aiding digestion.
Place Golden or Imperial Topaz (crystals of the sun), and Blue Topaz (signifying the moon) together in a small pouch or one in each hand to balance logic and intuition, power and gentleness, and the creative side of your mind with the analytical. A small Blue Topaz on a chain or in a pouch also helps sensitive children and teenagers cope with teasing while maintaining good humor.
Blue Topaz is a stone of creative inspiration and mental clarity. It is a marvelous talisman for artists, musicians, authors, inventors, or anyone expressing their creative side. Clear Topaz is a crystal of confidence and positive intent, and is excellent for those building careers and for generating financial success. It is also a talisman for psychics and spiritual workers, and increases one’s ability to connect with their power animal, and to communicate psychically with animals. Golden and Imperial Topaz amplifies one’s positive traits and self-esteem, and helps one step forward. It is a talisman of speakers, merchants, teachers and philantropists.
Use Purple Topaz when searching for scholarships to help narrow down the prospects, and for successful achievement of the goal. It has also been used to diminish pain during injections, and is therefore a good mineral to wear or carry when getting a tattoo.