Origin of topaz
OTHER WORDS FROM topazto·paz·ine [toh-puh-zeen, -zin], /ˈtoʊ pəˌzin, -zɪn/, adjective
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MORE ABOUT TOPAZ
What does topaz mean?
Topaz is a transparent gemstone that comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, and purple.
Clear topaz is sometimes artificially treated to produce a blue color, among other colors. Topaz is commonly used in jewelry, especially its yellow and orange varieties.
As a gemstone, topaz is considered semiprecious, which is a label given to some gemstones that are not as valuable as those considered precious.
Topaz is the traditional birthstone for the month of November. It is sometimes confused with the other birthstone for November, citrine (sometimes known as false topaz or topaz quartz), due to having similar coloring in some cases. It is also sometimes confused with yellow sapphire for the same reason.
Example: Your ring is beautiful—is that purple topaz?
Where does topaz come from?
The first records of the word topaz in English come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin topazus, from the Greek tópazos. It may be related to a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.”
Topaz is found around the world and most commonly occurs in igneous rocks. It is composed of hydrated aluminium silicate and is among the hardest minerals. The coloring of yellow topaz is due in part to the presence of iron.
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How is topaz used in real life?
Topaz is commonly used in jewelry. Some know it as the birthstone for the month of November.
Literally the first sample I picked up from the floor. This beautiful #topaz in a #Lithium bearing pegmatite pocket made everyone jealous (including my teachers 😁)#MineralMonday #Geology pic.twitter.com/gcXXSXWVrC
— Joana Cardoso-Fernandes (@MicasJoana) April 30, 2018
Here’s an up-close look at the earrings Kyra Sedgwick wears at tonight’s #CriticsChoiceAwards2021, circa-1800s jewels crafted of yellow topaz and diamonds, from Fred Leighton; she’s wearing an antique diamond and enamel snake ring set in 18K gold as well, also from Leighton … pic.twitter.com/HWb7Fb1v6b
— Laurie Brookins (@StyleWriterNYC) March 8, 2021
The Customer-favorite Heart with Garnet Twisted Wire Ring is now available in blue topaz and amethyst. Shop them all at https://t.co/CgAqY5AYBB.
— James Avery Artisan Jewelry (@jamesavery) October 19, 2021
Try using topaz!
True or False?
Topaz is only ever yellow.
How to use topaz in a sentence
A cluster of streets preserves the memory of the time in their names: Topaz Street, Diamond Street, Emerald Square.
And at the eleventh hour, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) saves the company by landing an account with Topaz Pantyhose.‘Mad Men’ New York Premiere: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Creator Matthew Weiner & More|Marlow Stern|March 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It consisted in a couple of snakes in old gold clenching an enormous topaz between their heads.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Her topaz eyes started to glow and she said, "Just what do you mean by coming up here and—"
They circled fast about her long fingers, the nails of which held topaz yellow polish.
The lounge was now almost empty of people, though the shaded electric light threw a topaz-coloured radiance over everything.
And then the topaz-shaded lights over the lamps—it's all so dreadfully wearing.
British Dictionary definitions for topaz
- a yellowish-brown colour, as in some varieties of topaz
- (as adjective)topaz eyes