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'''Topaz''', or "topasion", changed its meaning during the Middle Ages. In ancient times, the name probably referred to the gemstone variety of olivine. The name is thought to come from the island of Topazos. Following the [[Crusades]], lapidaries began using topaz as the name for ''chryselectrum'' or "golden stone". Olivine was given its modern name of ''peridot''.
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'''Topaz''', or "topasion", changed its meaning during the [[Middle Ages]]. In [[ancient]] times, the name probably referred to the [[gemstone]] variety of olivine. The name is thought to come from the island of Topazos in the [[Red Sea]] in [[Egypt]]. Following the [[Crusades]], [[lapidary|lapidaries]] began using topaz as the name for ''chryselectrum'' or "golden stone". Olivine was given its modern name of ''peridot''.
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Latest revision as of 16:14, 23 June 2008

Topaz, or "topasion", changed its meaning during the Middle Ages. In ancient times, the name probably referred to the gemstone variety of olivine. The name is thought to come from the island of Topazos in the Red Sea in Egypt. Following the Crusades, lapidaries began using topaz as the name for chryselectrum or "golden stone". Olivine was given its modern name of peridot.