Topazios, meaning to guess, is the Greek name for Topaz.  Topazios is also an island in the Red Sea that is almost often covered in fog and thus hard to find, hence the meaning to guess.

Specific Gravity:  3.50 - 3.60
Hardness:  8.00

Topaz comes in a variety of colors, such as yellow, blue, green, orange, yellow, red, and colorless.  The most common color is yellow with a red tint.  The most valuable color is pink to reddish-orange.

Topaz is found in deposits in Germany (Saxony), Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Burma, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.

Topaz is believed to be associated with the zodiac sign, Sagittarius, November 22 - December 21. If a person born under the Sagitarius sign wears topaz, they shall be protected as long as they show the stone (Matlins & Bonanno, 1998, p. 102). Anniversary 4 is celebrated with topaz (Matlins & Bonanno, 1998, p. 104).

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