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Mineralogy of Silver Topaz
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: AL2 SiO4 (F, OH)2
Color: Colorless (Topaz can also be blue, yellow, pink, brown, or green)
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to uneven
Luminescence: Orange (long wave) / Greenish-white (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to translucent
Location: Common Topaz is found worldwide, but most important deposits for gem-quality Topaz are in Brazil, Nigeria and Russia. Gem quality Topaz is also mined in Australia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and the United States (California, Colorado, and Texas).
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, Kyanite, Peridot, as well as Topaz.
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.
History of Silver Topaz
Topaz 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.
Silver Topaz, and other shades of Topaz, have only recently been explored by metaphysical healers, and have no known myths or stories associated with them.
For more information see: Blue Topaz
Photos: Topaz Gemstones
Healing Properties of Silver Topaz
Spiritual: Silver 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, Silver Topaz is a particularly good tool for manifestation, both for our spiritual desires as well as our earthly ones. Silver Topaz is attuned to the Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 6.
Emotional: Silver 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. Topaz 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: Silver 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. Topaz 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: Silver 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Silver Topaz
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Silver Topaz was artisanally-mined in Nigeria
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Silver Topaz was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Silver Topaz Tumbled Stone
Color: Clear/white, may have yellow inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Silver Topaz
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