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What is a Topaz, Really?

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Perhaps you have gathered by now that, sometimes, that which seems to be topaz is not really topaz at all and, on the other hand, that which seems to be another gemstone is really topaz. Yet, at other times, that which is called "topaz" is, in point of fact, topaz. I suppose that the reason for such practices is that, in the past, the word "topaz" had been applied loosely to many gemstones. Such was the confusion that, in 1938, the Federal Trade Commission ruled selling quartz as topaz to be an unfair trade practice. However, even is this year of 2008, there are still many gemstones which carry the name "topaz."

Herewith follows a list of such practices as I understand them. If you know of others, you will not insult me by filling me in.

Find the True Topaz
Rose Red or Pink Topaz
might be sold as
Brazilian Ruby or
Red Topaz or
Pink Topaz
Heated Amethyst
might be sold as
Madera Topaz
Colorless Topaz
might be sold as
Brazilian Diamond or
Slaves Diamond or
Colorless Sapphire
Imperial Topaz
might be sold as
Imperial Topaz
Zircon
might be sold as
Hyacinth Topaz

Peridot

might be sold as

Topaz

Citrine

might be sold as

Madera Topaz or
Indian Topaz or
Scotch Topaz or
Topaz Quartz or
Topaz

Yellow Quartz

might be sold as

Scotch Topaz

various yellow stones

might be sold as

Topaz

Smokey Quartz

might be sold as

Smokey Topaz

Yellow Star Sapphire

might be sold as

Star Topaz

Yellow Sapphire

might be sold as

Oriental Topaz or
Indian Topaz

Andradite Garnet

might be sold as

Topazolite

Blue-Green Topaz

might be sold as

Aquamarine

Yellow Topaz

might be sold as

Yellow Topaz

Rest assured that, at Shinjyu Jewelry Company, a Citrine is a Citrine is a Citrine and that a Topaz is a Topaz is a Topaz. We do not carry imitation Topaz. We will disclose any enhancement to the best of our ability to do so. We examine our gemstones carefully and without haste.

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