Topaz

Topaz 

Mythic blue 

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 Russia, AfghanistanSri LankaCzech RepublicGermanyNorwayPakistanItalySwedenJapanBrazilMexicoFlinders IslandAustraliaNigeria and the United States.

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Colourless (if no impurities), white, blue, brown, orange, grey, yellow, yellowish brown, green, pink and reddish pink, red

HARDNESS

8

In antiquity, all yellow and brown gemstones and even some green ones, were called ‘topaz’.  The most common colour is yellow, the most valuable colour is pink. Much colourless topaz is irradiated and heat-treated to a range of blues, some almost indistinguishable from the more valuable aquamarine. Topaz is a hard gemstone and the faceted stones are popular for use in rings, pendants and earrings. Topaz, in all its many colours is the birthstone for November.

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