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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Topaz

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Topaz. Topaz is one of the gems used in the high priest's breastplate, Exodus 28:17; Exodus 39:10; Ezekiel 28:13, one of the foundations, also, of the New Jerusalem, in St. John's description of the city. Revelation 21:20. The topaz of the ancient Greeks and Romans is generally allowed to be our chrysolite, while their chrysolite is our topaz. Chrysolite is a silicate of magnesia and iron; it is so soon as to lose its polish, unless carefully used. It varies in color from a pale-green to a bottle-green. It is supposed that its name was derived from Topazos, an island in the Red Sea, where these stones were procured.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Topaz'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/t/topaz.html. 1901.

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