Topaz is the birthstone for the zodiac sign
Scorpio. Topaz is also known as November birthstone. Read on to know about the
different types of topaz gemstones.
Topaz is the November birthstone and the
best anniversary gemstone gift for the 4th wedding anniversary.
Topaz comes in a variety of colours ranging from pink, yellow, blue, red,
orange, etc., with brown being the most valuable. However; a pure topaz gem
is colourless or transparent. Topaz
is so rare that many people have not even seen what a real topaz appears
Topaz is used in jewellery items for both
men and women. A real topaz is called
the imperial topaz. It is available in all shapes and sizes required for making
fine jewellery items. It is a hard gem similar to a diamond.
This November gemstone is a symbol of love
and friendliness. However, in jewellery stores, all you find is a citrine or
quartz topaz which is nothing but glass.
The market is flooded with different types
of topaz today. If you plan to buy topaz, it is vital to know the various
types. Read on to know the various types.
Topaz - The imperial topaz is the rarest and most
expensive type. It has a beautiful yellow shade. This type of topaz appears to
have a golden-orange-pink colour under daylight and appears orange-pink under
incandescent light. However, this gem is imbued with pinkish to reddish tints
to enhance its yellow shade to a richer golden shade. Imperial topaz is very
popular and the most sought after gem by jewellers.
Topaz - Precious topaz is mined in many places
across the world amongst which Brazil is the most famous. It is a yellow crystal
used widely in jewellery items and other attractive ornamental purposes. It is
highly valuable than other synthetic or man-made topaz gems. Topaz is a highly
precious gemstone having a hardness factor of 8 and a high refractive index.
Topaz - Topaz stones generally undergo an
irradiation treatment by synthetic means to enhance their colour. Natural precious topaz gems are exposed to
the irradiation treatment to preserve their golden-brown colour. Whereas, on
the other side, colourless or smoky topaz gems when exposed to irradiation by
electrons and neutrons result in beautiful different colours. The colour mostly
results in blue and other shades of silver, green or teal. They are not true
topaz stones and relatively inexpensive.
There are various colours of blue present
in the topaz like sky blue, London blue, Swiss blue, light blue, sierra blue
and electric blue. However, the colours within
the stone can fade after sometime or even break off as they only touch the top
layer of the stone.
Topaz - White topaz is a clear and transparent type
which can be mistaken with a diamond when cut perfectly. The white topaz is the
most common variety. The Glacier topaz is the purest type of white topaz. These
gems are untreated because of their clear purity. The glacier topaz is found in
Murzinka mines in Ekaterinburg.
Topaz Gems - The smoky varieties are also mined in
many places around the world. They are quartz like crystals having an orange or
yellow colour. These topaz gems are not precious gems technically, but are
often confused as being real topaz due to language disparity.
The topaz comes in diverse varieties with
each having different colours and look. You can always decide on the type you
want to purchase and know the difference between each of them. Read above to
get a better idea.