Published December 2015  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Topaz is a beautiful gemstone with a happy and hopeful energy.  It is found all over the world and is typically colorless, but can be blue, orange or pink.  These colors are most often muted, the naturally vibrant colors being rare.  Heat-treated blue jewels is frequently found in jewelry shops and has a brilliant summer sky color.  Historically it was often confused with other stones, particular Quartz, and amusingly its name even means “to guess.”  Nevertheless, Topaz’s energy is confident and filled with self-love.  It reminds that even if other people don’t believe in us or know our worth, we ultimately get to decide who we are and what we deserve.


Topaz Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Topaz helps us to clarify what we most want in life, whatever it is that will bring us the greatest amount of peace and joy, and then to make a plan to bring that to life. It invites us to become our True Selves and actively works to help us be successful in all of our endeavors. Unsurprisingly, it is a particularly good tool for manifestation, both for our spiritual desires as well as our earthly ones.

Metaphysical Properties Topaz
Chakra Crown
Element Fire
Numerology 6
Zodiac Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Topaz helps us to see our own worth, and to have more self confidence and self love, without becoming arrogant or egotistical. It encourages us to speak up and speak out about whatever is most important to us. It reminds us that in order to create a world and life we want to live in, we first must be able to articulate our dreams and hopes for the future. It whispers to us that our dreams are worthwhile and helps to soothe us when we feel frightened or anxious. It has a joyful vibration that reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. To enjoy the journey as it unfolds, and to have faith that we will arrive at our destination at precisely the right time.

Mental Healing Properties

Topaz is a wonderful stone for the mind, helping us to think clearly and use our knowledge wisely. It encourages lifelong learning and stimulates our curiosity. It encourages us to think and act generously, whether emotionally or financially. It reminds us that when we give, we also receive, and that to be generous is to stand in our Highest Self.

Physical Healing Properties

Topaz is most commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat the eyes and throat, as well as to stimulate energy flow through the meridian field. It is also said to aid digestion and stimulate the metabolism.

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Geology of Topaz

Where does Topaz come from?

Topaz is found in many countries with Brazil being the largest producer.  Other notable deposits are in Afghanistan, Australia, China, Czech Republic Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United States and Zimbabwe.

Mining and Treatments

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

Topaz is regularly heat-treated to bring out a different or more brilliant color. Most of the gems are naturally colorless, pale blue, or pale yellow. Rare colors, such as vivid pink, can be created by heat-treating a pale yellow gem. Similarly, the vivid bright blue jewels often sold in jewelry stores started out as colorless gems.

Pale hues of Topaz are reliably natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Topaz is a nesosilicate mineral.  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. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals. Topaz belongs to the nesosilicates group, in which the Silicate tetrahedra are not directly attached to each other.

Topaz’s energy works well with its family – other nesosilicate minerals.  Try it in combination with ChiastoliteDumortierite, Garnet (AlmandineGrossularHessoniteRhodoliteUvarovite), Kyanite and Peridot

Topaz Formation and Crystal Associates

Topaz is created by fluorite-bearing vapors during the final stages of the crystallization of igneous rocks, especially granite and rhyolite.  It is typically a colorless gem, but trace minerals can add color.  If the color is vivid enough, it is often called an Imperial Topaz.  Originally that title was reserved for vivid orange-yellow Topaz, but today the title is also used for vivid pink gems.  By contrast, Blue Topaz is always identified by its color.

Topaz’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Amazonite, Black Tourmaline, Fluorite, Lepidolite, Muscovite, Quartz, and Smoky Quartz

Mineralogy Topaz
Chemical Formula  AL2 SiO4 (F, OH)2
Cleavage Perfect
Color Colorless, white, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, red
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Subconchoidal to uneven
Hardness – Mohs Scale 8
Luminescence Orange (long wave) / Greenish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Garnet Group
Specific Gravity 3.4-3.6
Streak Colorless
Transparency Transparent to translucent

History of Topaz

Topaz has a complex history, and is often confused with other gemstones. Prior to the modern era, the name 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 the gem 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.

Topaz 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, the gems was thought to correspond to the apostle Matthew. 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.

Saint Hildegard, Topaz

Saint Hildegard

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