Topaz, Blue (Brazil)
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Healing Properties of Blue Topaz
Spiritual: Blue Topaz encourages us to follow our own path and to obtain self-realization in our own fashion. It reminds us that we are best when we are ourselves, rather than when we are trying to mimic another being (no matter how worthy they might be of our admiration). Topaz proclaims that we are beautiful in our own right and deserve to shine brightly. Blue Topaz is also an excellent tool for manifestation, helping us to clarify our desires and speak about them with passion and integrity. It also gives us strength to survive difficult times and the wisdom to find the lesson in each experience. Blue Topaz heightens our intuitive and psychic abilities, and demands that we zealously stand up for Truth. Blue Topaz is attuned to the Throat and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Virgo, Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 3 and 6.
Emotional: Blue 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, and to be fully honest with ourselves and others about our own needs and desires. Blue Topaz 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. If we have suffered disappointments in the past, Blue Topaz helps us to forgive and move forward with a hopeful heart and relaxed spirit. If we are already doing well, Blue Topaz reminds us to share our abundance with others and to enjoy our good fortune to the fullest.
Mental: Blue 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 is especially helpful for artists and writers, as well as activists and anyone else whose primary creation is composed of words. Blue Topaz can be used to help us overcome a fear of public speaking, or public performance. It helps us to share information clearly, both in the minutia and in the grander scheme.
Physical: Blue 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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Mineralogy of Blue Topaz
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: AL2 SiO4 (F, OH)2
Color: Blue (Topaz can also be colorless, 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 the 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. Blue Topaz gets its coloring from Iron, while Golden Topaz gets its color from Chromium.
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. Most Topaz mines are small affairs.
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 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. Blue Topaz, and other shades of Topaz, have only recently been explored by metaphysical healers, and have 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.
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, 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.
Ethically Sourced Blue Topaz
The Miners sell to a Gem Dealer.
The Gem Dealer sells to a Jeweler.
The Jeweler cuts fine jewels and sells the excess to a Wholeseller.
The Wholesaler polishes the stones and sells to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Importers are all in different countries.
In this case, the Jeweler is a friend of the wholesaler.
This Topaz comes from a mine in Brazil.
The exact mine is unknown, but most likely caused only minimal environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Topaz was polished in Peru by a US Importer.
The Importer is a family business, founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Safe Handling of Blue Topaz
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Blue 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.
Polishing Method: Hand-polished Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Pale blueish-green
- Polish: Shiny and almost entirely smooth, there may be minor scratches or nicks.
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
- Size: Average size is 1.25 in / 32 mm
- Transparency: Transparent
- Weight: Average weight is .5 oz / 14 g / 75 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.