Blabbing About Baubles: White Topaz

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at white topaz.

Photo credit: www.igmla.com
Photo credit: http://www.igmla.com

 

Topaz is the silicate mineral of aluminum and fluoride. It’s crystals tend to be prismatic crystals (formed as multi-faced crystals) with pyramidal faces (formed as triangular crystals) and other faces.

Pure topaz is colorless (clear). Topaz that contains impurities have some hue to them. They can be red, white, yellow, blue-brown, gold, reddish-orange or reddish-yellow.

Orange topaz sometimes gets confused with citrine. I speak about this a little in my post about citrine. 

Topaz can be heat treated to reach a desired hue. Depending on the natural color of the stone, it can be heat treated to create pink topaz, blue topaz, and other shades. For example, pink topaz (which is rare), can be created from brown or pale topazes.

I didn’t know this until I looked it up, but it seems like some people purchase white topaz engagement rings instead of diamond engagement rings. You can read about it here.

Kate’s white topaz jewelry:

Kiki McDonough Grace White Topaz Stud Earrings

Links of London Hope Egg Earrings

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