Featured Gem Topaz
topaz

Honey yellow. Fiery orange. Cyclamen pink. Icy blue. In warm or cool tones, topaz is a lustrous and brilliant gem.

Colorless topaz treated to blue is a mass-market gem. Fine pink-to-red, purple, or orange gems are one-of-a-kind pieces. Top sources include Ouro PrĂȘto, Brazil, and Russia's Ural Mountains.

BIRTHSTONE: November
overview
Topaz actually has an exceptionally wide color range that, besides brown, includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Colorless topaz is plentiful, and is often treated to give it a blue color. Topaz is also pleochroic, meaning that the gem can show different colors in different crystal directions.
 
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10 mev

Irradiating colorless topaz with electrons at energy of 10 million electron volts creates a sky blue color.

1768

The royal court in Portugal celebrates the discovery of Imperial topaz in 1768.

271 kilos

The royal court in Portugal celebrates the discovery of Imperial topaz in 1768.

QUALITY FACTORS 
Topaz comes in a variety of colors from shades of blue to the rare reddish imperial colors.
color
Color Diamond

The most valued topaz colors are orangy red to red. Blue gems are widely available.

clarity
Clarity Diamond

Topaz used in jewelry is typically eye clean with no visible inclusions.

cut
Cut Diamond

Topaz crystals are usually columnar, and cut as oval or pear shapes to improve yield.

carat weight
Carat Weight Diamond

Topaz can often forms as large crystals. These can yield sizeable cut gems.

 
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