Blue Topaz

Blue topaz is derived from the mineral silicate. Interestingly, raw, natural topaz is colorless and it is through various applications that colors are obtained. Blue topaz results when various procedures, such as irradiation, are applied to the colorless form. Other colors that may result, in addition to blue topaz, include yellow, orange, pink, gold, green, gray and brown. The blue version is one of the most popular as it can range from a deep blue to a light, pale sky blue hue.

Blue topaz is a relatively hard gemstone on the Mohs hardness scale coming in at an 8. Diamonds are a ten followed by rubies and sapphires which are a 9. Emerald range between a 7.5 and 8 and blue topaz comes in at an 8. Because of the hardness level, it is important not to store your blue topaz jewels with diamonds, rubies or sapphires as these can scratch and damage your topaz. Likewise, don’t store blue topaz with other jewelry that is softer as it may cause damage to your other jewelry pieces. For best results, store blue topaz by itself in a fabric lined jewelry box.

One of the features of blue topaz that adds to its allure is that it is very transparent. It isn’t hard to find blue topaz in shades such as robin’s egg, sky blue or with blue/green highlights. As the gemstone is transparent any inclusions will shine through and are often clearly visible with the naked eye. Look at blue topaz in both natural and incandescent light to determine whether or not inclusions are present when making your selection. Due to the way blue topaz is treated it isn’t uncommon to find stones that are without blemishes and appear free of inclusions.

It’s important to take necessary precautions to take care of your blue topaz and protect it from becoming damaged. Remove blue topaz jewelry before cleaning, when performing tasks around the home, or if playing sports. Though blue topaz is relatively hard and is not the easiest gemstone to scratch, it can fracture due to its cleavage.

Cleaning blue topaz is simple and easy and can be accomplished by using mild soap (such as dishwashing liquid) with warm water. Wash the gemstone and rinse with clear water before drying and polishing with a soft cloth.

Blue topaz is a wonderful addition to every woman’s wardrobe and can add pizzazz to a casual outfit while bringing elegance and glamour to more formal attire. Blue topaz is a popular choice for brides and bridesmaids as the light, blue color is the perfect accent for soft pastel colors as well as white. Blue topaz looks splendid in precious metals such as white gold, yellow gold, platinum and sterling silver. Sometimes blue topaz is combined with other stones, such as light green peridot, pink stones, dark blue topaz, diamonds and more. The combinations are endless and ensure that everyone can wear blue topaz and add these jewelry pieces to their collection.

Often considered one of the birthstones for the month of December, blue topaz makes a perfect gift or part of someone’s birth month collection. Blue topaz was once considered rare but now, thanks to modern technology, it is quite plentiful and available in a wide array of colors and hues, sizes, shapes and price ranges. In addition to December’s birthstone, blue topaz is the official gemstone for Texas.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the care of your blue topaz you can take your gemstone to a professional jewelry. It is recommended to bring your gems to a jeweler at least every two years, as the jeweler will assess the stone for damage, can repair damaged settings or prongs, and may remove minor surface scratches.

Blue topaz is a wonderful gemstone that is affordable, plentiful and available in a wide range of prices.

Post a Response