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  • Writer's pictureTori Foster

The Sparkling World of Topaz: A Complete Guide to this Gorgeous Gemstone

I am constantly inspired by the natural beauty of gemstones and love to share this with my customers. In this post, I will delve into the world of Topaz, exploring how its different colours are formed and uncovering some fascinating facts.

The Origins and History of Topaz

Topaz has been cherished for thousands of years, with its name possibly deriving from the Sanskrit word "tapas," meaning fire, or from the ancient island of Topazios in the Red Sea. This gemstone has been found in various locations worldwide, including Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia, and the United States. Its historical significance is evident, as it has been featured in royal treasures and revered by ancient civilizations for its supposed protective and healing properties.

A Spectrum of Colours

One of the most captivating aspects of Topaz is its stunning variety of colours. It can be found in shades of blue, green, pink, red, and even colourless. The most sought-after colour is the Imperial Topaz, a rare and vibrant reddish-orange. Blue Topaz, often treated to enhance its colour, is another popular choice, ranging from pale sky blue to deep Swiss blue. My favourite is London Blue - really deep, rich tones, a little bit moody and mysterious (the vibe I try to channel!)

The Science Behind the Sparkle

Topaz has a hardness rating of 8 on the Mohs scale. This makes it a durable gemstone suitable for everyday wear. Its crystal structure allows for a high degree of clarity and brilliance, which is why Topaz gemstones are often cut into faceted shapes to maximize their sparkle.

Topaz in Jewellery

Topaz's versatility and range of colours make it an excellent choice for all types of jewellery. Whether set in rings, necklaces, earrings, or bracelets, Topaz can add a touch of elegance and colour to any piece. It is also one of the birthstone choices for November so makes a great gift idea for those who are born towards the end of the year.

Mystical and Healing Properties

Throughout history, Topaz has been attributed with various mystical and healing properties. Ancient civilizations believed that Topaz could protect against harm, enhance mental clarity, and even cure illnesses. Today, it is often associated with promoting truth and forgiveness, as well as aiding in emotional balance. Blue Topaz, in particular, is said to stimulate creativity and improve communication.

Caring for Your Topaz Jewellery

To keep your Topaz jewellery looking its best, it's essential to care for it properly. While Topaz is relatively hard, it can still be prone to scratching and chipping. Store your Topaz pieces separately from other jewellery to avoid damage. Clean your Topaz jewellery with warm soapy water and a soft brush, and avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures.

Whether you are drawn to the mesmerizing blues of a Swiss Blue Topaz or the delicate pinks of a Rose Topaz, there is a colour of Topaz to suit every style and taste.

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about Topaz in this blog post. Keep an eye out for future posts where I will continue to explore the fascinating world of gemstones and share more of my favourite with you. If you'd like them straight to your inbox, why not sign up to my mailing list? I share behind the scenes stories, news about new pieces and classes and special offers (like 10% off your first order)

Want your own piece of Topaz jewellery? Take a look here -

London Blue Topaz Studs

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