If your birthday lies in November, seek warmth in the healing properties of the stone of love and good fortune – Topaz. “Who first comes to this world below In dreary Novembers fog and snow Should prize the topaz amber hue Emblem of friends and lovers true.” Chemically, the Topaz is known as aluminium silicate fluoride hydroxide and is one of the hardest silicate minerals. With no impurities, Topaz itself is actually a colourless gem, however it is probably most common and recognized in its deep honey coloured hue. With its hints of orange, yellow and brown it’s no wonder this stone represents the autumn month of November. The stone can also occur in a wide spectrum of different colours from blue to pink and even black, and like many other gemstones their value is based on clarity and colour. Brazil continues to be the largest producer of Topaz, with the most notable source being the south eastern state of Minas Geranis; however the stones spiritual properties were first recognised by the ancient Greeks who believed the stone gave them great strength. Topaz was also revered in India where people believed for centuries that when worn above the heart, the gem would provide the wearer with long life, beauty and intelligence. In fact many scholars believe the name ‘Topaz’ can be traced back to the ancient Indian language Sanskrit word ‘Topaz’ (or tapaz) which meant ‘fire’, perhaps a tribute to the Topaz’s fiery orange colouring. In modern times, the Topaz Is often used to inspire creativity. Sometimes referred to as the ‘writer’s stone’ it is thought that it is a great aid when trying to express your thoughts and ideas clearly. Why not use Topaz as you write in your daily journal and see if it benefits you? Topaz is a great spiritual stone, and has been praised for its ability to attune the wearer with his or her higher self – its strong vibrations thought to unite the mind, body and spirit. If you are looking to develop psychic abilities, you may want to try holding it while doing a psychic meditation and allow the stone to aid you finding your psychic communication gift. These strong spiritual properties make Topaz the perfect stone to use in chakra healing, and it particularly resonates with the throat and third eye chakra. Physically, Topaz is reputed to be effective when used to treat asthma, blood disorders and insomnia. It is also widely used for treating depression, thought to help alleviate fears and treat psychosomatic illnesses. Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson are just two famous admirers of Topaz, and have been spotted incorporating it into their jewellery; however it is believed that the only people who can take advantage of the mystical properties that Topaz has to offer are those who were born during the month of November. Perhaps November born celebs such as Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus and Anne Hathaway should also invest in a piece of beautiful Topaz jewellery this month! If any of our readers were born under the calming protection of the Topaz this November, we wish you a very Happy Birthday.