Topaz, Imperial

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Inspired Manifestation 

Be aligned with the Divine’s generousity.

Feel refreshed, confident & open-hearted.

Be realistic and make smart changes.

Attract the people who are good for you. 

Let Imperial Topaz inspire a happy life!

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Healing Properties of Imperial Topaz

Spiritual: Imperial Topaz has a wonderful energy – warm and expansive, yet mellow and peaceful.  It helps us to recharge and rebalance when we feel overworked or overwhelmed.  Imperial Topaz cleanses the aura and clears all the meredians, so that we feel fresh and revitalized.  It is one of the most powerful stones for manifestation.  It shows us how to receive from the universe with sweet appreciation, while also taking action to make our dreams come true.  Imperial Topaz reveals all situations realistically, so that we can concentrate on what’s truly important.  It gives us the courage to align ourselves with the Divine.  It invites us to be an instrument of peace that Divine Will works through to make miracles happen and to create more joy and peace in the world.  Imperial Topaz encourages philanthropy and acts of charity.  It is attuned to the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo, Sagittarius and Pisces. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 6 and 9.

Emotional: Imperial Topaz has a peaceful and light-hearted vibration that attracts good friends and good lovers.  If we’ve struggled with friendship or love in the past, Imperial Topaz helps us examine the past calmly and logically.  It helps us to notice any negative patterns or attractions, and then make real changes to end that cycle and create a happier future for ourselves.  Imperial Topaz encourages healthy boundaries and helps us be attracted to the people who are good for us.  It is a wonderful stone for anyone who dares to love again and wants to live open-hearted.  It encourages self-confidence and emotional generosity.  Imperial Topaz is also excellent for anyone famous who wants to enjoy the perks of fame, while still staying grounded.  It helps us to ignore ‘yes men’ who speak only to our ego, and instead to pay close attention to our real friends who have our best interest at heart.

Mental: Imperial Topaz attracts wealth and success.  It is highly recommended for entreprenuers or creative souls with big dreams.  It helps us to be logical, recognize and overcome limitations and to creatively problem-solve.  It also attracts excellent business partners.  If we are feeling frustrated or insecure, Imperial Topaz shows us a more realistic perspective and helps us to know what our next step needs to be.  Imperials Topaz reveals both the big picture and the tiny details, and how they all interrelate.  It encourages us to trust that we will do everything we can to the best of our ability, and that ultimately all will be well.

Physical: Topaz is recommended for anyone who feels anxious or insecure about their physically appereance.  It encourages us to love and be proud of our body as it is, while also remembering to take good care of it.  If we’ve developed unhealthy habits, especially around food, Imperial Topaz helps us to be honest about the situation and to make positive changes.  Imperial Topaz acts as a fantastic reminder to pay attention when we are eating and to truly taste the food.  It invites us to enjoy each meal and to notice how it feels when we’re eating and how it feels later on too.  Imperial Topaz asks us to pay attention to what is happening and then shift our habits as needed for good mental and physical health.  Imperial Topaz also makes an excellent talisman for the stomach, liver, and gallbladder.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Imperial Topaz

Imperial Topaz, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mineral Family: Nesosilicates

Chemical Composition: AL2 SiO4 (F, OH)2
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Usually vivid yellow-orange, but may also be a vivid pink-purple
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven
Gravity: 3.4-3.6
Hardness: 8
Luminescence: Orange (long wave) / Greenish-white (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: Colorless
Transparency: Transparent to translucent

Location: Common Topaz is found worldwide, but the majority of  Imperial Topaz is found in Minas Giras, Brazil.  Additional notable deposits are in Pakistan, Russia and Zambia

Mineral Family: Topaz belongs to the Silicate Mineral Family. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. One of these groups is the Nesosilicate group, in which some of the tetrahedra are little islands, disconnected from the others. The Nesosilicate family includes all varieties of Garnets, KyanitePeridot, as well as Topaz.

topaz mountain
Topaz Mine, Topaz Mountain, Colorado, USA

Formation: Topaz is created by fluorite-bearing vapors during the final stages of the crystallization of igneous rocks.

Mining: Topaz is typically found in its primary deposit inside cavities in Rhyolite, Granite, and other igneous rocks. On occasion, Topaz may also be found in secondary alluvial deposits, as water tumbled pebbles.

Enhancements: Topaz is regularly heat-treated to bring out a different or more brilliant color. Most Topaz is blue, yellow, or colorless. The more rare colors, such as pink, are usually heat-treated yellow Topaz. Similarly, vivid bright blue Topaz is often heat-treated colorless Topaz. Virtually all tumbled Topaz is pale and may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

This Imperial Yellow Topaz was cut in half. The section on the left is fully natural. The section on the right was heat-treated until it became pink.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Imperial Topaz, Topaz MineHeat Treated Topaz

History of Topaz

Large_Topaz_GemstonesTopaz has a complex history, and is often confused with other gemstones. Prior to the modern era, the name Topaz was used primarily to describe yellow or orange colored stones, but today we know the stone comes in a rainbow of colors, both natural and heat-enhanced.  The various colors of Topaz have been explored by metaphysical healers relatively recently so there are no known myths or stories associated with them.

The name Topaz has two possible origins. It may come from an island in the Red Seas, which during the Roman era was called Topazios, but today is called Zabargad. This island was famous during the Roman Era for its Peridot mines, but did not produce any Topaz stones. The name Topazios comes from the Greek word “to guess”, likely a reference to the fact that the island is often shrouded and hidden by fog. Alternatively, it may come from the Sanskrit topas, meaning “fire.” Prior to the advent of modern mineralogy, most references to Topaz described it as a golden or orange colored stone, so the fire reference makes sense.

Though Topaz is occasionally mentioned in early lapidaries, few of these texts list any healing properties which are specifically associated with the stone. It was apparently used to ward off the evil eye, and could protect a person from curses and liver trouble. During the medieval period, the lore concerning Topaz was expanded upon. It was said to cool boiling water, become invisible when in contact with poison, and cure everything from asthma and hemorrhoids to insomnia and the plague. Its powers were seemingly linked to the moon, and thus waxed and waned according to the lunar phases.

hildegardTopaz is mentioned in both the Bible and the Torah, as the second of twelve stones which decorated the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. The design for the Breastplate was given by God to Moses, whose brother Aaron was the first to wear it. Each of the gemstones on the Breastplate was inscribed with the symbol for one of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. Topaz was most likely inscribed with the Tribe of Simeon. In later Christian lore, Topaz was thought to correspond to the apostle Matthew. I addition, according to Saint Hildegarde (1098-1179), a German Benedictine Abbess, writer, and philosopher, Topaz’s light is so bright that it can be used to illuminate a dark chapel, thus allowing her to read prayers. She recommended that a Topaz elixir be used to brighten dim vision and other eye ailments.

Imperial Topaz, Sanarka River, Chelyabinsk Oblast (Urals), Russia

Imperial Topaz is a name given to especially vivid shades of natural Topaz.  The name was originally given to vivid purple Topaz mined in the Ural mountains of Russia during the 19th century.  The Topaz were exclusively owned and worn by Russia’s imperial family, hence the name.  Later on the a similar shade of vivid purple was found in Brazil and the name Imperial Topaz was expanded to mean any shade of natural vivid Topaz.

 

Photos: Topaz Gemstones, St. Hildegard, Purple Imperial Topaz

Ethically Sourced Imperial Topaz

 

The Miners pool their stones in a Co-op

The Co-Op sells directly to an Gem Exporter.

The Gem Exporter sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mines, Co-Op and Exporting Company are all located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Imperial Topaz comes from small mines in Ouro Preto, Minas Giras, Brazil.

These mines cause only minimal environmental damage and would be relatively safe for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Importer

This Imperial Topaz was cleaned and exported by a Brazilian family business.

The business focuses on ethical sourcing and manufacturing Brazilian stones.

All workers are safe and paid fair wage.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met this source at the 2020 Tucson Gem Show.  I was surprised to see a sign that advertised “ethical sourcing” and immediately went to investigate.  I discovered a family business, run by a father, mother and sons who live in Brazil.  The business is over 30 years old and originally was much like any other.  But the wife/mother soon became concerned about the conditions in Brazilian mines and polishing factories, and their effect on local communities.  She gradually transformed the business following the principles of Fair Trade and articulated her own ethical commitments.  Among these commitments are: to be environmentally friendly, work with miners coops, have a participatory workplace, develop long-term relationships, sponsoring education for miners’ children, and respect cultural identities.

I had a long conversation with this inspiring woman, discussing both our own businesses as well as the larger industry.  We already shared many of the same ethical commitments.  But I was intrigued by her commitment to respecting cultural identities.  In Brazil, much of the land where the mines are located are owned by indigenous peoples.  But oftentimes miners are from somewhere else, and usually don’t have any vested interest in protecting the local environment or distributing wealth into the local economy.  To respect cultural identities means to do business with local indigenous peoples, rather that transient outsiders.

Safe Handling of Imperial Topaz

Imperial Topaz

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural orange Topaz

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Brazil

Polishing Method: Natural rough crystal. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Pale orange-gold
  • Polish: Natural rough crystal
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Irregular shapes
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Small is .75 in / 19 mm
    • Medium is .75 in / 19 mm
    • Large is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is 0.3 0z / 8.5 g / 42 carats
    • Medium is 0.4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats
    • Large is 0.6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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