The wide variety of colours normally seen in topaz is due to various impurities in the otherwise clear crystal. Typically it ranges from yellow to golden brown, but can also be wine, light blue, grey, pale green, orange, white, pink, violet, or even opaque. Blue topaz is one of the most popular gemstones on the jewellery market today. Most blue topaz is irradiated to become blue, as genuine blue-coloured topaz is very rare and usually of a much lighter, more delicate shade than is popular in jewellery. It’s common for other colours of topaz to be enhanced, as well, to make more vivid shades that sell well. A stone known as "mystic topaz" is actually a natural clear topaz coated to appear with rainbows.

Loose Topaz Gemstones available to buy on eBay

About Topaz

It’s likely that when the word “topaz” is mentioned, you and your neighbour will be picturing different gemstones, since topaz is a many-coloured stone. Actually, pure topaz has no colour at all but is a transparent crystal. Most commonly, topaz is a shade of yellow.

Topaz is a fluorine aluminium silicate found crystallized in patches of granite and rhyolite. Topaz is one of the hardest minerals found. Perfectly clear topaz has been mistakenly identified as diamond in the past.

Topaz has a long and distinguished history. It has been mentioned in ancient texts for 2000 years. It is one of the foundation gemstones of the twelve gates to the holy city of the New Jerusalem. Topaz was mentioned in both Sanskrit and Greek scripts, and likely came from one or the other. Topaz was dedicated to Jupiter by the Romans.

The energies of the topaz vary with the colour. However, in general, topaz brings healing, weight loss, money and love. It calms negative emotions. It can end nightmares and sleepwalking. It is also believed that Topaz can relieve the pain of arthritis.

When buying topaz, the most important thing to remember is it is often confused with the less-valuable citrine, which has a similar appearance. Less reputable sellers will sometimes intentionally sell citrine as topaz, so buying from a reputable jeweller is recommended.

Topaz Gemstones

Topaz Jewellery

Topaz is an excellent natural gemstone to add to your jewellery collection. If you can find the right topaz gemstone, any jewellery that includes topaz can look extraordinarily beautiful. The vibrant blue of some topaz stones works especially well with silver, and some say topaz can be just as effective as sapphire in jewellery making. And better still, topaz jewellery is usually a lot more affordable! See some of the best the examples of topaz jewellery below. Topaz is the birthstone for November, and will make an excellent gift for anyone born in that month.

Topaz Occurrences and Origins

Topaz is mined in many other parts of the world – the United States, Mexico, Japan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Topaz can actually be found in boulder size, as seen in rare cases in Brazil for example, but is generally much smaller.

Topaz Gems