Blabbing About Baubles: White Topaz

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

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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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Kiki McDonough Grace White Topaz Stud Earrings

These stud earrings are a reliable set for Kate. She has worn them many, many times.

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Photo credit: http://www.kiki.co.uk

 

From the website: “One of Kiki’s most popular styles, these simple and delicate earrings can be worn everyday. Each earring features a round white topaz gemstone surrounded by small diamonds set in 18ct gold and can be paired with our matching Grace pendants and rings.”

The center stone appears to be a diamond at first, but at second glance they don’t have the sparkle of diamonds. Tiny diamonds surround the white topaz, and it’s all set in gold. I would have guessed white gold, but the website doesn’t specify and it’s not possible to see the color of the setting while Kate is wearing them.  These are made of 18ct white gold.

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Kate has worn these too many times to count, but here are some notable occasions.

Arriving in New Zealand with Prince George in tow in 2014 .

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Attending the Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle in 2011.

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Visiting the city of Cambridge in 2011 with Prince William (side note: I love Kate’s hairstyle in this photo).

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 28: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles and waves to the crowds from the balcony of Cambridge Guildhall as she pays an official visit to Cambridge with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 28: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles and waves to the crowds from the balcony of Cambridge Guildhall as she pays an official visit to Cambridge with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

And of course, she’s wearing them in this blog’s avatar and main photo. This was taken on Canada Day in 2011.

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The price of these earrings is £795 or $1,237.

Links of London Hope Egg Earrings

These egg-shaped drop earrings were famously worn for Kate and William’s engagement photo, shot by Mario Testino.

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The Hope Egg earrings are made of sterling silver and white topaz. They are on French hooks and have a distinct egg shape.

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From the company’s website: “The hope egg earrings- a very attractive and important symbol in Russian culture, traditionally given for birthdays, festivals, etc. This egg represents hope and new life and is decorated with white topaz.”

How very fitting that Kate chose these for her formal engagement photo. I’m very pleased with her choice. She could have worn diamonds or borrowed jewels from the Queen. Instead, she chose to wear a pair of small earrings to complement her cream Reiss dress.

Kate has worn them several times since the Mario Testino photo shoot.

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These earrings are priced at a more affordable $475.