Origin: Notably Brazil, Pakistan
Mineral Species: Topaz
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: Al2SiO4(OH,F)2
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: Colourless, white, pale blue, light green, yellow, yellowish brown, orange and pink.
Typical Appearance: Usually as distinct prismatic crystals.
Birthstone: Sagittarius (general)
Chakra Alignment: Depends on colour
Origin of Name & Mythology: The name most likely derives from the legendary island, Topazios (now known as Zebirget), located just off the coast of Egypt, although it is also possible that it originates from the word tapaz, the Sanskrit for “fire”.
Traditionally, topaz has been considered to bestow love, happiness and abundance. In the Middle Ages it was used to treat fever, food poisoning, and poor eyesight, as well as confering a blessing on the wearer, and appears in Hildegard von Bingen’s writings on healing from the 12th century. It encourages self-realisation, strengthens self-confidence, fortifies the nervous system and activates the life force.
In addition to the general properties of topaz, each colour has its own additional properties, please click below: