THE COLORS AND VALUES OF TOPAZ
Topaz has been discovered in a wide range of colors besides amber: blue, clear,
golden brown, gold, green , gray, orange, pink, red, sherry, teal, violetish-red,white and yellow. In addition, Topaz is
dichroic so that two colors radiate from the gemstone, adding further dimension and appeal to Topaz which has been properly
As to value, in general the highest priced topaz has a violetish red
color, followed in descending order by sherry, blue, and yellow. Lately, many customers have been requesting blue Topaz.
The most coveted topaz, irrespective of color, has a luscious transparency, a
slightly velvety body and a sub-adamantine luster. The harshness you might perceive at first impression of topaz because
of its luster becomes more delightful by the soft inner personality one discovers while exploring the complexities of a particular
topaz gemstone. These properties command a high value, regardless of color.
On the topic of color and value, topaz can be treated for color enhancement in a number of ways. Be assured that a reputable
firm will honor its obligation by Federal law to revel any enhancements that a particular topaz might have undergone.
GENUINE TOPAZ AND ITS IMITATIONS
You should keep in mind that, during its long history, everything presented as
topaz has not been topaz. For instance, your Grandmother's Smokey Topaz ring might really be set with a pretender to the
throne, Smokey Quartz.
A beautiful and true topaz mounted well in an approprate design is a desirable part of anyone's jewelry collection. It is
a durable gemstone with an especial appeal. Topaz's long history and its special attributes contribute to its desirability.
And, as I have pointed out, Topaz occurs in many colors. My favorite color, though is amber, for I like autumn leaves and
good friends around an open fire.
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