With its bountiful abundance, good hardness and kaleidoscope of colours, topaz makes the perfect gemstone for jewels.
I can see a rainbow… Topaz comes is many colours, with natural deep golden sherry and heavenly pink being the most valuable. In recent years blue and green topaz has become increasing more popular and you’ll often see it being used in jewellery.
Where in the world? This wonderful gemstone is abundantly found all over the world, including the USA, Sri Lanka, Burma, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Africa and of course Brazil – where exceptionally large stones come from. The famous golden orange-brown Imperial Topaz comes from the famous mines in Minas Gerais at Ouero Prito.
What’s in a name? The name topaz is through to be derived from the Sanskrit word ‘tapaz’, meaning fire. Others believe it comes from Topazios, an island off of the coast of Egypt (now called Zebirget)
Celebrity styling… Celebs love love it too, probably for the gargantuan sizes it comes in. It’s a great way to get oversized sparkle and to add a spattering of colour to an outfit. Take our very own Kate Middleton with her ever so pretty blue topaz and diamond earrings. And Katy Perry takes it to another level with her stunning statement cuff.
- The most famous topaz is gigantic 1680 carat colourless specimen, known as the “Braganza Diamond” and is set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels.
- Topaz is the birthstone for November, and symbolises loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.
Do you love topaz and its fabulous colour palette? What’s your favourite?
Love TJC xxx