Blue Topaz is part of the Topaz family and besides the color blue which is always in demand are the colors yellow, pink, red, violet, brown and brownish green. Topaz has been known to man since the dawn of time and the term Topaz was usually used to refer to any stone that was yellow in color.
However, the Topaz of today is a name used to refer to a specific mineral that was coined by Henckel. Henckel wrote of mineral deposits in Germany. Because the name Topaz was used interchangeably with minerals such as quartz and Citrine, you can still see terms such as smoky Topaz and Madeira Topaz which are not Topaz minerals. The original word Topaz comes from ancient Sanskrit word Tapas, meaning fire.
Besides Blue Topaz and Yellow Topaz, there are also colors of Topaz that are considered Imperial Topaz. Imperial Topaz consists of Topaz that includes the colors orange, pink, red and violet. These colors are some of the most rare and precious Topaz colors. The term Imperial Topaz was coined by the Czar of Russia, during the 1800’s in which he claimed that only he, his family and the people that received these gems as gifts can own Imperial Topaz.
Topaz in their many colors are used for gifts, especially as birthstones. For instance, Topaz is the birthstone for November and is also given as an astrological gift to those that are Sagittarius. Topaz has many metaphysical traits for its believers, it is said to give one spiritual potential and to dramatically increase creativity or intelligence. It is also said that those that where Topaz will be wiser and wealthier.