November Birthstone: Topaz
Topaz is often seen in shades of blue and yellow, but it can be found in orange, red, pink, purple and even multi-colour. The most prized colour is called Imperial Topaz, after the Russian Czars of the 1800s, and features a magnificent orange body with pinkish undertones.
Topaz is found in Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the USA. With its relative abundance, desirable colours and it’s hardness (rated 8 on Moh’s hardness scale) topaz makes an ideal gem for a striking piece of jewellery. If you’re planning a wedding why not add hints of topaz to the colour scheme? It would look great as your ‘something blue’ when worn as a pendant.
Our topaz inspired mood board is full of wonderful ways you could incorporate the various shades of blue topaz into your wedding.
Throughout history topaz was often used in the crowns worn by rulers, diplomats, dignitaries and royalty as many associated topaz with strength, tenacity, dedication and resilience.
Caring for your Topaz:
To keep your Topaz jewellery sparkling, you can soak it in warm soapy water and rub gently with a small brush, such as a toothbrush. Rinse well and pat dry on a tissue. Ultrasonic cleaners are generally considered safe, but take care with jewellery that has fragile settings as there is a risk that the topaz will fall out.