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Topaz Jewels: The Underrated Gemstone

When it comes to fine jewels, most think of necklaces and pendants dripping in diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Topaz, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to hold the same air of opulence as its rare and expensive counterparts.

However, the semi-precious gemstone makes for the perfect everyday piece of jewellery thanks to its durability and versatility in terms of colour.

Although most topazes take on a blue or orange hue, pure topaz is actually transparent and totally colourless. It’s the impurities that tint the gemstone and give it a wide array of colours, including pink, purple, green and yellow. These impure topazes are often treated with heat and radiation to then deepen the hue, however topaz in its purest form offers a more affordable alternative to diamonds.

Topaz in a range of colours
Topaz in a range of colours | Source: International Gem Society

Symbols and mythology

As topaz is the traditional anniversary stone for the four-year and 23-year milestones, the stone is generally associated with love and romance. It is also the November birthstone in orange and the December birthstone in blue.

Topaz also has a rich history and strong cultural significance tied to Hindu mythology. Being one of the sacred stones of Hindu’s Kalpa tree, topaz is believed to have protective abilities.

Blue topaz

Offered in a range of shades, blue topaz perfectly complements silver and white gold jewellery. Perfect for summer, blue topaz pieces act as a striking feature piece when set in a simple ring or in a classic pendant necklace. On the other hand, the vibrant gemstone pairs well with beachy pearls and antique-style gold for those who enjoy a more boho-chic look.

Elsa Peretti Cabochon Ring
Elsa Peretti Cabochon Ring, A$1,950 | Source: Tiffany & Co.
Abigail Earrings
Abigail Earrings, A$389 | Source: Bianc
Lakshmi Necklace in Blue Topaz
Lakshmi Necklace in Blue Topaz, A$199 | Source: Hard To Find

Pure topaz

When you need durable and classic pieces perfect for everyday wear, you can’t go wrong with pure topaz. A perfect substitute for diamonds, the colourless pure topaz offers an affordable alternative to diamonds while still adding some sparkle to versatile minimalist pieces like these.

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