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Topaz: Everything you ever wanted to know about Topaz gems.

Updated on November 20, 2011

Topaz an old common gem that is experiencing a new popularity.

Topaz has been around for centuries. It is relatively common and plentiful.

It is found all over the world including Australia, Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, Norway and China.

Topaz comes in a wide array of colors including Pink, Blue, Yellow, Orange-Pink, Green, Blue-Green, White and even Bi-color.

 In recent years Mystic Topaz has taken the world by storm, although not completely "natural" these gems are stunning.

White Topaz Octagons


Enhanced Blue Topaz

Champagne Topaz

 A 9 carat concave cushion cut Mystic Topaz

White Topaz Baggette
White Topaz Baggette

White Topaz

Pure natural untreated White Topaz

White topaz is the most common variety of Topaz.

It's pure clear color can be confused with diamonds when cut well.

The purest from of White Topaz is Glacier Topaz

Glacier Topaz is mined at one location on the planet, the famous Murzinka mines of the Neiva River Valley in the Middle Urals, approximately 120 km North of Ekaterinburg. These gems are so pure that they are never treated.

fancy concave cut Glacier Topaz

Swiss blue topaz Oval
Swiss blue topaz Oval

Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz the Birthstone of November

Blue and green are the rarest natural colors of Topaz.

99.9% of all blue Topaz is enhanced to achieve the blue color.

In all my years dealing in gems a have see a total of 5 natural untreated blue topaz gems and they were a very light blue.

London Blue and Swiss Blue Topaz are enhanced to a vivid blue color that is become very popular.

London Blue Topaz Octagon

Swiss Blue Marquises

Imperial, or Golden Topaz pear gemstone
Imperial, or Golden Topaz pear gemstone

Imperial Topaz

Imperial, or Golden Topaz is the second most common variety of Topaz

Golden Topaz

Golden Topaz is not to be confused with Citrine.

The term "madeiria topaz" Is a word unscrupulous jewelers use to refer to yellow Citrine.

Citrine is a type of Quartz. Topaz is not Quartz.

Golden Topaz sometimes contains Chromium, these gems

are heated to bring out a rosy-red to pink colors in the gem.

Imperial Topaz

A fine quality Imperial Topaz gem has golden-orange-pink color under daylight. Under incandescent light it has orange-pink color.

The highest quality and most valuable of these gems are natural untreated and unheated. They are very expensive and highly sought after by gem collectors.

Imperial Topaz Baguette

Multi color Mystic Topaz oval gem stone
Multi color Mystic Topaz oval gem stone

Mystic Fire Ring

Mystic Topaz was first introduced 1998 at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair it was a total flop!

It was reintroduced in 2003 at the Tucson gem show in, Tucson, Arizona. This time it was a huge hit!

If you plan on having jewelry made with Mystic Topaz please be advised, this is not a gem you should wear every day.

Jewelry made with Mystic Topaz should be worn with care. When you are not wearing it you should store separately for other jewels.

The gem can fade over time. The coating can be scratched and repeated emersion in hot soapy water can dual the gem and even damage the coating.

There are several kinds of Mystic Topaz on the market.

Some of the best-known ones are:

Mystic fire ( seen above)

Red Topaz, Magenta Topaz, Pink Topaz, Flamingo Topaz, Twilight Topaz, Cornish Blue Topaz, Moonlight Topaz, Canary Topaz, Kiwi Topaz & Neptune Topaz.

Moonlight Topaz

Flamingo Topaz

Kaleidoscope Mystic Topaz

Other Topaz Colors

While not 100% natural these other Topaz gems are still worth noting

The colors of the gems below are never found in natural mined from the earth Topaz. All these gems are "natural" but the color has been enhanced.

Green Topaz

On a vary rare occasion you may see a watery light green natural Green Topaz they are very rare.

Emerald Green Topaz

Teal Green Topaz

Red, Pink and Hot pink Topaz

Pink Topaz

Red Topaz

Hot pink Topaz

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      Boroot 4 years ago

      Does anyone know in what sizes do uncut gems come?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My older brother and I have topaz gems! They are REALLY COOL! Thanks!

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      jennalynnflesch 5 years ago

      Good article, for the lay person to pick up a few pointers. However, be careful, blue topaz is NOT the birthstone for November. It IS the birthstone for December. Well, one of them. But overall not a bad effort.

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      Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

      @Vallygems1: Your information is incorrect. There is Mystic Topaz and Mystic Quartz. They look almost exactly alike, but the base stone is different.

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      Vallygems1 6 years ago

      Most Topaz is treated. Mystic Topaz is not topaz but coated quartz as is Hot Pink

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      I have two Imperial Topaz rings that belonged to my mother. I love them and find reasons to wear them. Thanks for the information about this lovely stone. I had no idea that there were other colors.

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      karitina 6 years ago

      Wow, this is like a Topaz-Rainbow, a lots of colors

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I though topaz was always yellow but I see it in green today.

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      wow I had no idea there was emerald green topaz. I want some :)

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      I love looking a gems, so pretty. Might look some up here in the UK.

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Love Topaz - didn't know about the chapagne topaz - looks stunning :)

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      My birthstone is Emerald, but I've always been partial to deep blue Topaz stones. Very nice lens.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Topaz is my birthstone and I'm partial to the old fashioned golden color. Lots of great information you're provided.

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      dandan594 lm 7 years ago

      In the never ending world of Gemstones mixed with Jewelry you are a true master. Please never stop providing your unique Gemstone information to help us mere mortals decide which Gemstones are perfect for us.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      This is a great lens on topaz. I am a gemstone fan. Topaz has so many colors.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lady, I haven't seen all of your lenses, but the ones I have...they take my breath away. This are beautiful!!! ~ I love it!

      Thanks so much for the blessing too, you are so sweet! x

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Topaz gems are my birthstone, so image in my surprise to find out they are not all yellow/golden color. Beautiful lens.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      These are quite beautiful! Lovely pictures and an interesting read.

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      jamestms 7 years ago

      I'm searching for online posts that share ideas on various topics. Until I came thru yours. Learned a lot reading it. Thanks for sharing..

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      mdvaldosta lm 9 years ago

      Always been one of the most beautiful stones to me, it's a shame they don't carry more value.

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      jfield 9 years ago

      Very nice! Topaz is my birthstone, and I was always under the mistaken impression that it had to be that brown-yellow color. Now that I know they come in myriad colors, maybe I won't shy away from it anymore:-)

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Nice to meet you, Shawna! Beautiful gemstones on a nicely done lens.


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      precious.. so beautiful.. nice collection :)

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      I never heard of the mystic topaz before. It's beautiful!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Lovely lens again! I love Imperial Topaz, although I can not afford for the large stone...

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      EvieJewelry 10 years ago

      5 star lens. saw you on Squidoo discussion boards. lots of great information. Check us out for great jewelry.

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      Topaz are my favorite! 5* Best Natural Dog Food

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      I have a topaz necklece and I love it. 5 stars for you. Dog Whisper Woman

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      DeanBakerWholesale 10 years ago

      Saw you on the stores board. Great 5 star lens!

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      elaines 10 years ago

      beautiful gems and great lens! 5 stars all the way!

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      fleurdelisrising 10 years ago

      Did I learn something new??? YES, I want them ALL!!! --MiMi ;o)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I love the Champagne Topaz, I have been enjoying all your informative lenses, is there going to be a test afterwards? :-) - Kathy