Topaz: The Meanings, Origins And Powers Of This Gemstone

Last updated by Susan Taylor

Topaz or "golden magnet" as it is known in Brazil is a so-called pleochroic stone, meaning its color changes depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Whether it’s golden yellow, pale blue, or green, it symbolizes faith, honesty, purity, and loyalty. You will know everything about its origins and its virtues.


Precious and semi-precious stones, of which topaz is one, have been used since antiquity for their numerous properties on our mental and physical state. Here are all the secrets related to topaz.



Colorless, which can go from yellow to orange to brown (sometimes blue or pink and more rarely green).

Crystalline system:


Composition :

Fluosilicate of aluminum

Associated astrological sign:

Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius

The price of a blue topaz varies between $6 and $15. For an imperial topaz, depending on the number of carats and the color, one finds prices between $30 and $1500.

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What are the origins of topaz?

The name topaz comes from the Greek "topazus" "topazion" or "topazon". The word was said to be derived from an African dialect spoken by ancient people still unknown until today.

According to the legend of Pliny the Elder, the discovery of topaz dates back to the first century on the island of St. John off the Egyptian coast. This foggy island was infested with snakes that were the guardians of topaz. The famous precious stone gave the island a fairy-like brightness that defied the night and its darkness.

The virtues and therapeutic powers of topaz in lithotherapy

The effects of topaz vary according to its color. It is up to you to choose the one that suits you best.

The mystical properties of topaz

Topaz was the stone of the nobility because according to legend it brought wealth, prosperity, glory, and the recognition of one’s peers. It was reputed to bring treasures. Faced with the unknown, the gemstone gives self-confidence and allows one to meet any challenge.

The virtues of topaz on health

Thanks to their extraordinary powers, gemstones are used in lithotherapy to treat certain diseases.

According to the legend, topaz was mainly used to treat eye diseases. If a person started to lose their vision, they had to put the topaz stone in wine for three days and three nights. In the evening, at bedtime, the patient had to touch their eyes with the dripping topaz stone in order for the liquid to penetrate. After a few days, the patient regained perfect vision.

Today, we know that topaz does not act in the same way depending on its color. The blue topaz acts on:

  • flu-like conditions
  • viruses
  • it helps to relax the nerves
  • promotes public speaking
  • makes you more tolerant

Imperial (golden) topaz has very positive effects on:

  • reducing fatigue
  • gives courage and joy of living
  • acts on the spleen and liver.

The pink topaz favors love relationships, developing charm and tenderness, while the green topaz, rarer, acts on the dysfunctions of the heart.

How to purify and recharge a topaz?

To purify your stone, immerse it in non-calcareous water for several hours and recharge it by exposing it to the moon's rays. Remember not to expose your stone to strong light sources, as this may cause the color to fade. And also discover all the characteristics of onyx and amethyst.

Article presented by Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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