Topaz is November's birthstone, and can be found in many glistening colours. Find out more interesting facts about Topaz with our top Topaz facts!
Topaz comes in many different coloursNatural topaz comes in many shades of yellow, orange, red, green, blue, pink, and purple.
Imperial Topaz is rareThe most valuable colour of natural topaz is red. It is so rare that less than 1% of all gem-grade topaz rough exhibits this shade. These stones have a reddish-orange tone and are known as Imperial Topaz. Imperial topaz was first discovered in Brazil as well as in the Ural Mountains of Russia. It was used in the Imperial jewels of Russia and named after the Russian Czars of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Topaz is november's official birthstoneThough topaz is the official birthstone of November, the alternative birthstone is golden citrine. Unlike other month's alternative birthstones that often differ entirely from the official birthstone, citrine and topaz are so similar that they are often confused. Citrine is a variety of quartz that comes in golden yellow or fiery orange and brown tones.
Blue Topaz is generally not naturalThere are a few different varieties of blue topaz that are marketed in the jewellery industry: swiss blue topaz, London blue topaz, and sky blue topaz. While blue topaz can occur naturally, this is extremely rare. The vast majority of blue topaz is treated by taking colourless or lightly coloured topaz and using a combination of heat and radiation.
Topaz is durableTopaz is a relatively hard stone; it rates 8 on the Mohs hardness scale and is pretty resistant to scratching.
For those November birthdays, there is 25% off Topaz this month.