Yellow topaz is among the most remarkable and beautiful of gemstones. The name topaz comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means ‘fire.’ This sparkling golden jewel has long captured the hearts and imaginations of human cultures, and the symbolism and significance of the stone fascinate topaz lovers even today.
Yellow topaz is well known for its golden color and its sparkling clarity. As the November birthstone and the jewel of choice for the 4th anniversary, it makes a wonderful gift.
The Symbolism of Color
The smoky brown and golden tones of yellow topaz are associated with the earth and harvest. Browns and yellows represent the ancient planting seasons and the fertility of life. They evoke images of all things organic: the rich soil, harvest grains, and the sun that allows plants to grow. This is why topaz gems are symbolic of the outdoors and our natural roots.
The colors of topaz are also associated with the stability and comfort of the home. In a very old fashion and rustic sense, the hearth was always the center of family life and hospitality. The sparkle and sheen of these stones remind us of the cooking fires we all used to gather around to celebrate good fortune and welcome guests into our home. Golden browns are the colors of comfort, approachability, and the unity of our home life.
A Sign of Strength and Protection Throughout History
In ancient Greek society, topaz was believed to increase one’s physical and mental strength. It was often used as a talisman to shield the wearer in cases of emergency. Egyptians had similar beliefs about this fiery, golden stone and used it to make amulets of protection and security. They believed the topaz was the stone of Ra, the Sun God, and would be a blessing for his protection and favor.
In the Bible, topaz is mentioned as one of the twelve gems in the breastplate of the High Priests. These stones, and topaz among them, are sacred and associated with the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve holy angels who guard the way into Paradise.
A Symbol of Harmony and Balance
Many believe yellow topaz to be a jewel that represents empathy and serenity. This is related to the symbolism of the brown and gold colors relating to the family and the home. The topaz can be a soothing stone and a promoter of harmony.
You may want to wear topaz jewelry when you want to encourage forgiveness and relieve tension. Some swear by the rule that wearing a topaz pendant when entertaining guests will help foster an atmosphere of harmony, warmth, and pleasantness. This stone is a symbol of balance and is believed to promote emotional stability and hospitality.
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