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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Imperial Topaz, Peachy in Pink



  Ear pendants by Chopard,

1 Place Vendôme, Paris, October, 2012.
Each pear-shaped stone is about
1 1/8 l long  or approximately 30 mm.

I love color especially in magnificent semi-precious stones.
 Rare  pink, and peachy/orange-topaz are  favorites of mine.
Orange topaz, also known as precious topaz.
Imperial topaz is pink, and it is extremely rare, if  it is natural. (not heat treated)

Never confuse these fabulous stones with quartz!
According to Robert  Webster FGA "One of the more universal canards is that all yellow stones are topaz, and that all topaz is yellow. Even in present day enlightenment much yellow quartz is sold under the misnomer 'topaz'... and the term precious topaz is reserved only for true topaz."
Sadly this is still annoying but true.


Gotta know what you're doing, and  be able to trust who you are buying from.


This Imperial pink topaz was mined in Russia in the 19th Century in the Ural Mountains.


This Imperial peachy  pink topaz was mined in Russia in the 19th Century in the Ural Mountains.
Both are very rare and beautiful!

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