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Precious Topaz Gemstones

The colors of topaz can be that of yellow, reddish/orange, or even pink, with pink being of the rarest. Found in Russia, Brazil, and Pakistan, it happens to be a very hard gemstone sitting on 8 of the Mohs scale. Similar traits to a diamond, Precious Topaz can be cut with just one blow. Growing in massive crystal formations, this gemstone holds the record for largest faceted gemstone with 36,854 carats.
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Precious Topaz or "Imperial Topaz" is typically used to distinguish the differences between Quartz look a-likes and true Topaz. Generally, Topaz is associated with a yellow gem, such as Citrine and Smoky Quartz, and purchased by people who do not know the difference. The name Imperial Topaz originated in the 19th century in Russia. The Ural Mountain mines were the main source for the gem. Topaz does range in colors, varying from pink, to orange and red, and blue. Topaz is used as the birthstones for the months of November and December and is also associated with the sign of Sagittarius. If given as an anniversary stone, it would represent the 4th, 19th, or 23rd years in a marriage.

Red and Pink Topaz were reserved strictly for the Russian Czars during the 19th century. They were the stone only worn by families with power. There is a colorless Topaz, this a 1680 carat stone that is the most famous Topaz. Originally, it was thought to be a Diamond and is called the "Braganza Diamond," which is set within the Portuguese crown jewels. There is also another Topaz that resides in the Green Vault in Dresden, which is home of one of the most important gem collections worldwide.

Topaz is at an 8 on the Mohs scale which indicates its hardness, but unfortunately it can be shattered in a single blow. One should be careful when wearing Topaz. In the Middle Ages, it was believed the Topaz could prevent death, as well as heal any mental and physical disorders. The Romans believed that it improved eyesight, while the Greeks believed it could increase ones strength.

This particular gemstone can be found all over the world including countries such as Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, and Burma, as well as in Mexico and the United States. The main source for Topaz is in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

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