Those born in November have the glory of two birthstones—citrine and topaz—but the latter expands those options in many ways. With its wide variety of colors, topaz is a fascinating gemstone, with a long line of looks the average customer probably isn’t even aware of.
Take blue topaz, for example. We love it, we know it. We see a lot of it. But it still has the power to really dazzle, and many designers and brands harness that power in ways that amaze.
Precious topaz, also known as imperial topaz (like the one pictured at top), is a stone lesser seen and highly revered (ergo, more expensive). That peachy pink is exquisite and often has many wondering, “What is that gem?” Aptly named, it is believed that one of the ways it got its moniker was because of the Russian royal family’s insistence on keeping the finest colors of topaz, according to GIA.
And then there’s mystic topaz, which sounds, well, mystical. Its appearance fits the bill, too: a result of coating colorless topaz with a thin, artificial film, this heat-treated topaz gets a cool rainbow effect. It’s a party in a gemstone.
Speaking of rainbows, topaz runs the gambit: red (though very rarely), orange, yellow, blue, and violet—plus pink and brown—it offers all the makings of the perfect multicolor piece of jewelry.
Top: Ring in platinum and 18k rose gold with 6.68 ct. cushion-cut imperial topaz, 1.2 cts. t.w. tapered topaz baguettes, 0.94 ct. t.w. round red spinel, 0.32 ct. t.w. diamonds, and 0.01 ct. alexandrite, price on request; Omi PrivéFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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