Jewelry Terminology: Topaz



In jewelry terminology, the word Topaz is derived from the Greek work Τοpáziοs, the ancient name for the Saint John’s Island which was notoriously difficult for ancient Romans to find. Topazios was also the name of a stone mined from this island,which in modern times is now called Peridot.

Topaz in its pure form is colorless, it is only through impurities that its color changes. Typically topaz ranges from pale green, blue, gold, reddish-yellow and has opaque to transparent qualities. Yellow topaz naturally heated over time causes the color to change to pink, one of the rarest forms of topaz.  Orange topaz is the most familiar form of topaz, which is the traditional November birthstone. Topaz is also the anniversary gemstone of the 4th and 19th year of marriage.

Topaz tends to be set in rings and necklaces but looks great in most pieces of jewelry. The most sought after colors are red and intense pink which are also the rarest forms of topaz. Pure colorless Topaz with a brilliant-cut  is often confused for a diamond. Topaz has always been a fairly popular gemstone due to its modest price and can be found in many collections.

If you are interested in jewelry care or jewelry repair, here’s a tip. If you own a topaz it is best to keep it separated from your other gemstones or wrap it in a cloth, due to its hardness it can scratch softer gems . To keep your gemstone in perfect condition make sure you wash it with warm soapy water and not expose it to constant sunlight which can drain the color. Another fact to keep in mind is that topaz, like diamond, has perfect basal cleavage; one sharp blow from the right direction will split it perfectly along its cleavage line.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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  1. Yes i agree Topaz tends to be set in rings and necklaces but looks great in most pieces of jewelry.

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