Poor Man’s Gem, Yellow Glass|
Topaz has been a common mineral for centuries in the coastline areas of eastern Daen and after the fall of the Allorn Empire, the mineral came to explode outward. Appearing in multiple colors along the warm side of the color spectrum, the gemstone has long been one used by commoner people and their jewelry. The mineral is found underground, but also at the bottom of rivers and other inland bodies of water; the shifting water wearing away the dirt around Topaz deposits to unveil them to those who know what to look for. Today, any number of lower and low middle-class members of society can be found wearing this gemstone in their everyday lives; it is a small bit of color in what is for many, a long and hard existence.
Topaz has been a common mineral known for countless centuries by various parties. It is thought by many that the Altalar were the first to discover it in their ancient past, as veins of the gemstone have long blanketed the eastern coastal regions of Daen. It is also possible that the ancient Asha also knew of the material, but on their discovery of the material, the records are expectantly silent. By the end of the Consolidation, the material had been proliferated throughout the whole Allorn Empire and was often seen as a material most benefiting those of lower status or lesser means. The material had also made its way to regions beyond Daen, traveling with runaway slaves who used the material to barter their passage or start their new lives. In the wake of the Cataclysm that eventually came to pass, Topaz flooded external markets as slaves made off with the wealth of those who had once enslaved them. In addition, Ithania’s relatively peaceful cleaving from the remains of the Altalar nation helped give them access to Topaz mines in the south-eastern regions. There was a lull after this time, for people had to recover from the mass destruction the Cataclysm had brought on, but by 90 AC, Topaz once again flowed from these mines and has not stopped since. Arvost ran out of the material several decades ago, only to be offset in new mines located on Talamoor in Corontium. The gemstone, due to this abundance but also due to surviving ideas of the Altalar, is still considered to be a stone for the lower classes.
Topaz has a wide range of colors, all existing on the warm side of the color spectrum, starting at wine red, going to bright yellow, and ending on light brown. It is also slightly transparent. The material naturally occurs as large prismatic columns close to the surface and can also be found bare in shallow water with such exposed clusters often leading to larger deposits. When cut, it is most commonly made into ovular or spherical shapes, though kites are also used.
Topaz serves one purpose: to be part of the jewelry of the lower classes. It is commonly paired with Copper, the two relatively cheap materials working well together aesthetically, though some truly poor souls tie raw pieces of the material around their neck once a hole has been cut in the gem.
- Topaz has been known to be passed off as Rubies or other much more valuable gemstones by unscrupulous salesman.
- Lusitians once diverted the entire Gostos River to get at a large deposit of Topaz, cementing the stereotype even further that Lusitians are obsessed with gems.
- The largest Topaz column ever recovered from a mine was ten feet long.
HydraLana on 10/25/2021.|
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