birthstone for November


from South Africa

Topaz Birthstone of November

Topaz is the birthstone of November. The name Topaz is said to come from the ancient Sanskrit word for fire “tapas”.

Topaz is a beautiful and durable gemstone that can be worn every day. On the Mohs scale of hardness it is an eight with only Sapphires and Diamonds above it.

Topaz Tones and Colours

Topaz occurs in a variety of colours from a golden yellow, orange, romantic pink, blue or colourless Topaz known as Silver Topaz. Each colour of Topaz is given different attributes.

Golden Topaz is a symbol of the sun. The vibrant yellow tone of this gemstone inspires a positive outlook on life and wearing Golden Topaz at night will keep nightmares away.

Imperial Pink Topaz was first discovered in Russia during the 18th century and named for the Russian Czar. Pink Topaz was exclusively worn by royal family and it was a favourite of the Russian princesses. Pink Topaz is loved for its romantic colour and worn as a symbol of joy.

Wearing Silver Topaz is said to sharpen the mind and clear the thoughts. Silver Topaz is believed to protect travellers by removing obstacles in their way.

At ANPA we love the many shades of Blue Topaz from light-hearted sky blue, crisp Swiss Blue the colour of alpine glaciers and London Blue a deep navy blue named after the Union Jack. Blue Topaz is believed to calm the mind and inspire success and happiness.


Topaz is considered a sacred stone in Southern Africa and is revered amongst nomadic tribes for its healing and spiritual properties. Topaz is found in many African countries from Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria to Madagascar.

Topaz has been called the stone of “True love and it is believed to symbolise Fidelity, loyalty and faithfulness. Topaz represents both the 4th and 23rd wedding anniversaries and it is a wonderful gemstone for any celebration. Wearing Topaz in jewellery from rings to necklaces is believed to remove negativity and replace it with love and happiness.