Scorpio Birthstones: October 24 - November 22Scorpio's symbol is a scorpion, and its element is water. Scorpio birthstone is the Topaz. Pure Topaz is colorless, but can be found in yellow, blue, pink, gold, peach, red and brown. Natural yellow stones are often heated to become pink. The most valuable color is golden orange; it is called Imperial Topaz. Topaz has always been considered to be Turquoise but natural Blue Topaz is very rare.
The first Topaz was discovered in Brazil in 1735. It is one of the many gemstones which decorate the gates to the Holy City of Jerusalem. The main producers of topaz are in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia, Africa, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and in the United States. In the United States the best Topazes have been found in Colorado and California.
Some of the superstitions surrounding the Topaz are: it is supposed to protect against the effects of poison and cure epilepsy and asthma; it also supposedly cures gout, sleeplessness and mental illness. Many people believe that it brings riches and happiness to its owner and it also encourages faithful friendships.
It is also said to calm anger and stop night fears. It could also warn its wearer of poisons and protect the wearer from sudden death. Another popular claim is that topaz is alleged to make men handsome and bright, and sterile women fertile. Many people wear a topaz as a good luck charm.
Topaz is very popular. It is commonly used in the manufacture of jewelry. Because Topaz is very hard it can easily chip or break. It is therefore used in the making of jewelry that won't come into contact with hard surfaces. It is perfect for neck pieces, earrings and brooches because they are not likely to get damaged.
Some Topaz stones can lose their original color if they are exposed to light for a long period of time. When purchasing Topaz, enquire as to where it comes from to be sure that the stone retains its color. Many types of Topaz stones are synthetic so they should be appropriately labeled when sold. Always confirm this when buying Topaz jewelry.
A beautiful variation of topaz is called Mystic Topaz. While it is colorless it can shine just like a rainbow. This effect is produced by means of a special coating. This type of Topaz is sought-after for all kinds of jewelry design. Mystic Topaz is synthetic so you can find it in many different shades. This adds to its popularity.
Famous Scorpios include Prince Charles, the artist Pablo Picasso, Marie Antoinette, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, Truman Capote and Dylan Thomas. Many actors fall under the sign of Scorpio - some of the legendary ones include Richard Burton, John Cleese, Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Lancaster.
Scorpio is one of the most prominent of the zodiac signs. The Scorpio personality is usually strong, independent and relentless. They are achievers and strive for success. Scorpios are influential and often play important roles in the lives of the people they interact with.