Topaz is one of the birthstones for November. The other is citrine quartz. In today’s post we are going to talk about topaz, we will save citrine for another day!
Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. (The island never produced topaz, but it was once a source of peridot, which was confused with topaz before the development of modern mineralogy). Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit (an ancient language of India) and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire”.