TOPAZ – Those born in November or under the constellation of Scorpio (October 22 - November 23) are connected to the beguiling yet challenging birthstone, Topaz.
In its natural state, Topaz is typically colorless or whitish-gray and is quite abundant. Occasional rare occurrences yield the exquisite Imperial Topaz, displaying hues of orange, yellow, and brown. Even rarer are "Precious Topaz," which can exhibit shades of blue, green, red, pink, or purple.
Imperial Topaz in the form of beads or rock specimens is exceedingly scarce. The necklace featured in the photograph is made of Topaz-hued Swarovski Crystal. Most colored Topaz available today, including the blue variety, undergo heat and radiation treatments. Mystic Topaz undergoes both treatments and receives an additional coating to create an artificial rainbow effect on its surface.
Topaz has a rich history, having been utilized by ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Renaissance Europe. It is even mentioned in the Old Testament. However, it's worth noting that until a few centuries ago, all yellow gemstones were referred to as "topaz."
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Topaz scores an 8. Unfortunately, due to its unique structure, it can be more prone to fractures compared to other gems with similar hardness. Extended exposure to sunlight can also cause some Topaz stones to fade in color.
Throughout history, Topaz was believed to enhance strength, provide protection from spells, dispel anger, and promote health and longevity. In more recent times, it has also been associated with dispelling negativity, offering emotional support, and aiding in chakra alignment. Scorpios are often described as intense, mysterious, determined, resourceful, resilient, and independent individuals. As a water sign, their emotions run deep, making the connection with Topaz quite fitting.
CITRINE - This yellow quartz has gained popularity as a modern stone associated with Scorpio and November. This shift is likely due to the scarcity of natural Topaz. Citrine has long been considered a stone of abundance and is closely tied to the solar plexus chakra,. An example is shown in the photograph.
OBSIDIAN - In some ancient cultures, including Hindu traditions, this black stone was designated as a birthstone for Scorpio. Obsidian is a volcanic glass formed by the rapid cooling of lava. Its historical value lies in its ability to produce exceptionally sharp blades. It is believed to absorb low-frequency energy and was used for protection, aiding Scorpios in navigating their intense emotions. The rounded nodule variety of obsidian, known as Apache Tears, was deemed a lucky stone for Scorpio by Western astrologers.