Blue Topaz Heart Pendant

Topaz is the hardest formation of silicate material. A piece of pure topaz is absolutely colorless with slight changes providing the stones with their color. For topaz to become blue, heat is needed, whether from a natural source or manmade. The ability to produce a wide variety of colors by treatment with heat has resulted in a gem that is available to consumers on a budget. The blue topaz heart pendant can be found set in a variety of metals though most commonly gold or silver and can be coordinated with any wardrobe.

The word ‘topaz’ is derived from three different languages; Sanskrit, Greek, and Latin. The Greek word is “topazos”, the Latin “topazius”, and the Sanskrit “tapas.” Blue topaz is traditionally given for a 4th anniversary and is the birthstone for those born in the month of December. It was also adopted as the official gemstone for the State of Texas.

Topaz was originally mined on an island in the Red Sea called Zebirget. This island is now known as St. Thomas. The gems have now been found in Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Russia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and the United States. In 1976 blue topaz became widely available and it is reported that 30 million carats of topaz are irradiated every year. It is a relatively inexpensive gemstone that is available in a wide variety of shades and cuts. Originally topaz is a pale yellow or gray color before being treated with heat. The stones are treated with high levels of radiation that ionizes; this causes the stones to change colors. The practice is widely used and allows gems to be purchased in shades that may not occur in nature or would be extremely rare and expensive.

The American Gem Trade Association has recently issued warnings about purchasing blue topaz from overseas vendors. There is no link known between exposure to the gems and cancer, caution should still be taken to purchase from a safe and reliable source. The AGTA has established standards for safely radiating the gems; this became necessary to protect consumers since 40% of the gems that are treated come from the United States.

When purchasing a blue topaz heart pendant, keep in mind that there are variations of blue topaz. The three different shades are; sky, Swiss, and London blue. The Swiss shade of blue topaz is a medium dark blue that has been treated with heat. Sky blue topaz is the lightest of the shade; it is also the most rare and expensive. The London blue topaz is the deepest shade of blue and is commonly used as an inexpensive alternative for sapphire earning it the nickname of “Brazilian Sapphire.” Blue topaz will show inclusions when placed under light, the lighter the stone the easier to spot.

Ancient civilizations had many uses for the blue topaz. It was believed to be symbolic of love and fidelity. The stone also can become electronically charged if it is rubbed or exposed to heat. Some believed that the gem would change color when near poisoned food or beverages. Ancient civilizations believed to make the wearer invisible during a dangerous situation. Blue topaz also has a variety of uses in metaphysical medicine. It is thought to cure insomnia, vision impairments, asthma, and provide clarity of mind. Blue topaz is believed to have a cooling effect on both water and a person’s temper. The Sanskrit word for topaz is “tapas” which is literally translated to mean “fire.”

The blue topaz is an 8 on the Mohs scale and is therefore a strong gemstone. It is not particularly prone to cracks and is suitable for daily wear. The most important thing to consider when caring for your blue topaz heart pendant is avoiding heat. Since the stones are treated with heat to achieve their color, they are susceptible to color fade if exposed to heat for extended periods of time. Also keep in mind that quartz can be passed off as topaz, you will want to research your stone and purchase from a credible buyer.

Your blue topaz heart pendant should be cleaned with mild soap and water. It can be soaked for up to 20 minutes and scrubbed lightly to remove dirt. Avoid harsh chemicals and never use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner.

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