Traditions hold that topaz bestowed many benefits to its wearer.  It could dispel cowardice, calm the temper, cure madness and plague as well as sharpen the wit.  Among its powers it was believed to eliminate nightmares, aid in sleep and curesore joints.  Topaz has also been credited with curative powers over bleeding and heart disease.  It has been said to instantly lose its color in the presence of posion, thus proctecting the wearer.  The stone was thought to bring fidelity and friendship if worn constantly worn and to be a talisman against accidents and fire.  It was also thought to grant its wearer increased intuition and a long life.

Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is commonly tinted by impurities.  Typically topaz is seen in a wine, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange or blue brown color.  It can also be found in a white, pale green, blue, gold, pink or reddish -yellow color.  Topaz ranges from opaque to very translucent.  

Some clear topaz crystals from Brazil can reach boulder size and weigh houndreds of pounds.  Crystals of this size are typically seen in museum collections.  The Topaz of Aurangzeb measured 157.75 carats and the American Golden Topaz is a massavie 22,892.5 carats.

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