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Topaz is found in a variety of colors including: brown, red, orange, pink,
sherry, yellow as well as colorless. Imperial Topaz is used to denote a
stone that is reddish orange. Green and blue topaz are naturally very pale,
they are often irradiated to produce more intense colors.
Sky Blue Topaz, Swiss Blue Topaz, London Blue Topaz are names used in
the gem trades to refer to the depth of color. Sky Blue is the lightest while
London Blue is the darkest blue.
In mysticism, the topaz is attributed with a cooling, styptic and appetising
effect. It is said to dispel sadness, anger and nocturnal fears, to warn its
wearer of poisons and protect him or her from sudden death. It is reputed
to make men handsome and intelligent and sterile women fertile and happy
The principal sources for topaz are Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia,
Africa, Mexico and Pakistan.