Top Quality Topaz

Topaz is a very popular gemstone due to the variety of colors it is available in, its relative durability, and its affordability compared with stones such as ruby, emerald, or sapphire.

Topaz is a mineral that is colorless in its pure form. However, this gemstone often contains impurities that color it in a variety of tones. You can find topaz in orange, yellow, pink, gray, brown, blue, and green colors. Rated 8 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, topaz is a relatively hard mineral, but it can be scratched or even broken by metals and stones that are harder.

In general, topaz gemstones with fewer internal flaws are more valuable than stones with more inclusions. To examine a gemstone’s clarity, look at the stone with the naked eye in a well-lit setting – the cleaner the gem looks, the better its clarity. Since hue is one of the primary characteristics on which topaz is evaluated, this gemstone is usually cut to maximize its color. That’s why the evaluation of this stone’s cut comes down to assessing how well it brings out the gem’s hue. This is also what you should be looking at when comparing different topaz stones.

In addition, don’t forget to consider how shallow a topaz is cut if you are going to mount it in a setting. For example, stones that are cut too deep leave less of the stone visible when it is set. So, if you are faced with the choice between two stones of similar weight and color, go for the one whose cut will ensure that more of the gem’s surface will be visible when mounted.

Topaz was a very popular stone that was made into jewelry in the 1960’s and 1970’s especially. Today it is not as popular. We see lots of jewelry like this from clients who have inherited these jewelry items.

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