TOPAZ is the birthstone for November. Topaz - The Egyptians said that topaz was colored with the golden glow of the sun god. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength. In the 18th and 19th centuries, topaz in rich, reddish cognac colors and vivid pinks were used to grace the jewelry of the Russian Czarinas, hence earning the name of "Imperial Topaz". Topaz sometimes has the amber gold of fine cognac or the blush of a peach, and all the beautiful warm browns and oranges in between. Some rare and exceptional examples are pale pink to a sherry red. Blue, once the most rare color of topaz, is today the most common, due to a stable enhancement process that turns colorless topaz blue. After the raw topaz is extracted from the earth and cut, it is irradiated to brown and then heated to sky blue. This enhancement process is permanent.
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