Different colored topaz stones have been designated to represent
the 4th, 19th and 23rd years of marriage. However, arguments exist as to what
color goes with what year. It is known, however, that yellow topaz stands for a
birthday in November, while blue topaz has December. In a further instance of
marketing the stone, topaz of any color has been named to represent one's birth
on a Friday.
The mystical, symbolic, and healing qualities of the topaz have
adapted with each succeeding civilization – probably according to their needs.
The Egyptians thought the topaz was a reflection of the sun god,
Ra and that it would protect the faithful from harm, break spells, and inspire
The Greeks were certain that the topaz imparted strength to the
wearer and made him invisible to his enemies.
The Romans incorporated these two beliefs and added that it
would improve the owner's eyesight.
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It was during the Middle Ages that the topaz hit its stride in so far as
attributes are concerned. Thought to heal both mental and physical disorders,
the topaz offered protection from the plague and dispelled feelings of sadness,
anger, and fear. Somehow able to warn its wearer of poisons, the topaz stood in
the way of sudden death and brought about patience. As if all this were not
enough, the miraculous gem would make men handsome and intelligent while making
women fertile and happy.
That last bit might sound a little skewed, but it just might be indicative of
the times. During the Middle Ages, the odds were pretty good that a child
wouldn't make it to adulthood. Large families were desirable both as a hedge
against this and to provide labor so the family could meet its survival needs.
That a woman would be fertile was looked as a plus. That she was happy would
help ease the pain of infant and child mortality and to be somewhat satisfied
with her lot in life. That her husband was good looking would certainly help
ease a woman's drudgery and should be pleasing for her. That he was intelligent
would mean that he was clever in finding ways to support the family. So
pragmatism, not chauvinism, rears its head in the world of mysticism and
symbolism of gemstones.
Of course it's up to the modern wearer which, if any, of the properties of
the topaz he wishes to embrace. One might want to choose carefully, however. It
is said that one could immerse his hand in boiling water after a topaz had been
dropped into it, and then pull his hand out unscathed. History neglects to
mention why one would want to do such a thing in the first place. Perhaps it's
better to just enjoy the topaz for what it is; a beautiful stone that in its
rainbow of offerings is versatile and which reflects taste and thoughtfulness on
the part of the buyer and the wearer.
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