Gemstone Jewellery - Topaz April 08 2014, 1 Comment

I've had a lot of requests for rings with topaz in recently, it is one of my favourite stones against both gold and silver.

Pure topaz is colourless, and white topaz was often used as a diamond substitute before synthetic stones were developed. Impurities in the stone give it different colours naturally, deep red, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange, blue and brown. It can also be treated to give a variety of colours more uniform colours.

Blue topaz is one of the most common forms, the topaz is normally treated to give a variety of shades of blue, from almost colourless ice blue through to the gorgeously intense London blue, via sky and Swiss. (The image below shows, from top to bottom, amethyst, ice blue topaz, London blue topaz.)

The name topaz comes from the ancient Greek name for St John's Island in the Red Sea where a yellow stone was mined in ancient times. Historically topaz referred to any yellow stone, the name now refers to a specific type of silicate, regardless of the colour.

My baguette rings, and my Stella ring are available with a variety of shades of blue topaz, deep London blue is wonderful against silver or gold, and the lighter blue shades are very pretty in silver rings. Send me an email for a quote.

nikki@nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk