The Use and Meaning of Topaz Gemstone

topaz crystals on a shelf

The Spruce / Kara Riley 

The origin of the name of this beautiful gemstone comes from the Sanskrit tapas for fire. This certainly evokes very clearly its essence. Topaz is a true expression of fire energy and it has been associated with it since ancient times in many cultures. 

Topaz is a stone of nobility, love, passion, and purpose. Because of its fiery energy, this sun-filled gemstone is certainly associated with high self-esteem and good fortune. It is a gemstone that strengthens one's confidence and trust in one's inner power and abilities.

The term "imperial topaz" speaks for itself—not only because it refers to topaz of specific Fire element colors such as yellow, red-orange or pink—but also because the energy of this stone is quite royal and authoritative. It is an unquestionable authority that comes in a calm and unobtrusive kind of way.​

Most of the time topaz is set in gold, as the Fire element of the gold brings forth even stronger the warm fiery glow of the topaz. The most common color of topaz is actually colorless—and as such topaz was often mistaken for a ​diamond—but it can also come in warm brown, pink, honey yellow and green colors. As with most gemstones on the market, topaz is heavily radiated and heat-treated to achieve a specific color, especially a deep blue color. Because most of the topaz on the market is heavily treated—either irradiated or heat treated—it is really hard to find a genuine topaz.

topaz crystal
The Spruce / Kara Riley  
topaz crystal
The Spruce / Kara Riley  

What Is the Meaning of Topaz?

The meaning of topaz is expressed both in its energy, as well as the origin of its name—it is a gemstone that carries the energy of fire. True to its essence, topaz is highly prized for its "sunny" abilities such as to make good friends, enjoy a confident attitude in life and strive for excellence in all actions.

Topaz is also considered to help one attune to higher wisdom, clarify one's vision for life, as well as live with openness and integrity. Expressing the power of the bright sunlight, topaz has the energy to uncover shadows, illusions, and lies; it helps one not only align with truth but also consistently live with it as a guiding light. Topaz is considered a very protective gemstone—it protects one not only from the outer negativity, but also form one's own fears, illusions, and anxieties.

Just as the sun shines on anyone without exclusion, so does the energy of topaz helps one forgive others no matter what. It helps develop clear discernment of others' behavior while keeping an open and forgiving heart. Topaz alleviates anxiety and fear and strengthens one's optimism, wisdom and clarity.

Rejuvenation on both physical and emotional levels is another prized property of the topaz gemstone. Gently but surely, topaz helps circulate energy in one's body to promote a warm glow of fresh energy. Because it knows how to reach blocked places in one's energy, topaz can bring awareness to the wearer of both physical, as well as mental blockages. It helps one become aware of repeated thought patterns and outdated behaviors, thus helping bring change in an empowered way.

Where Does Topaz Come From?

Most of the topaz on the market comes from Brazil, Australia, and Mexico. Topaz is not found in abundance, thus it can be very expensive. 

What Are the Specific Properties of Topaz?

  • Inspired fidelity
  • Promotes warm friendships
  • Generates creativity and appreciation of beauty
  • Brings good fortune
  • Balances and calms one's emotions
  • Helps strengthen concentration
  • Can help develop intelligence
  • Promotes good sleep
  • Protects from negativity
  • Aids digestion
  • Alleviates fear and anxiety
  • Attracts joy and happiness
  • Develops higher awareness
  • Helps bring change

The beautiful topaz represents the months of November and December and is considered the birthstone of both the astrological signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius. Topaz is the birthstone of the Chinese zodiac sign of the Horse.

Topaz is also the birthstone of those born on Friday and Sunday as it represents the sunny and relaxed energy of these two days of the week.