The November birthstone is the topaz, a beautiful gem that can be found in all the colours of the rainbow. However, this stone is typically associated with either a vibrant yellow colour or with striking shades of blue. Topaz is one of the hardest naturally-occurring materials and has been desired and worn by royalty for centuries. Topaz is an alluring gem that presents a wide range of lovely rich colours that have ignited imaginations for centuries.
Here at Banks Lyon, we offer an extensive range of topez jewellery for those born in November, and those who just appreaciate the beauty of this stone. Today, we’re exploring the fascinating properties of the topaz as well as some of the stunning jewellery available online and in our Lancaster and Kendal showrooms.
PROPERTIES OF THE TOPAZ
The properties of the topaz make it an incredibly popular gemstone for jewellery; let’s take a look at some of them so you can understand more about what makes the topaz so sought-after.
Colour – Pure topaz is transparent and colourless. The vast rainbow of colours this stone is known for is due to natural impurities in its structure, such as iron and chromium content. There are also several treatments and enhancements available that can alter or improve the properties of topaz, including its colour. Less than 1% of all gem-grade topaz exhibits shades of red, the rarest hue. Topaz also presents pleochroism, an optical effect where a stone shows different colours depending on the angle of observation.
Hardness – Topaz is an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a durable gemstone, perfect for pieces of jewellery that can be worn every day.
Lustre – This precious gem is well-known – and highly regarded – for its brilliance and lustre, possessing an almost velvety and glassy appearance.
TOPAZ AT BANKS LYON
Topaz comes in many different colours, but the popular wintry blue hues most commonly associated with this gemstone make it the perfect November birthstone.
At Banks Lyon, we offer topaz jewellery that adds a classy and stylish aesthetic to any wardrobe, be it in the form of a ring, pendant or pair of earrings. As such, this precious stone is suited for a modern woman who adores timeless luxury, sophistication and elegance.
Topaz is also a wonderful gift to commemorate the 4th and the 23rd wedding anniversary. What better present for a loved-one either born in November, whom you share an anniversary with, or both! Take these stunning blue topaz stud earrings for example, with 9ct yellow gold, two rich 7x5mm blue topaz stones, they are sure to put a smile on her face this November.
FAMOUS TOPAZ AROUND THE WORLD
Since its discovery, topaz has been cherished by many cultures around the world and remains one of the most sought-after gems today. There are a variety of topez stones from all over the world; let’s take a look at some of the most popular topaz stones globally:
- American Golden Topaz– Originating in Brazil, this is the largest cut topaz in the world. This stunning cushion-cut gem weighs a massive 22,892.5 carats, possesses a light golden-brown colour and is almost flawless in clarity. This topaz took two whole years to cut and is now at the Natural History Museum in Washington DC.
- Ostro Stone– Three decades ago, this vivid blue topaz was found by Max Ostro, a man considered to be a ‘real-life Indiana Jones’. It measures 15 cm in length, weighs 9,381 carats (almost two kilos) and is considered priceless.
- Bragança Diamond– The Bragança Diamond was initially believed to be a diamond and later found to be a topaz. This stone was discovered in Minas Gerais in Brazil, in the late 18th It got its name from the ruling dynasty of Portugal at the time, the House of Bragança. Boasting 1,680 carats, this colourless gem is one of the most well-known topaz gems ever found and adorns the Portuguese Crown. Colourless topaz is also known as crystal or silver topaz.
As mentioned, topaz jewellery is the best present for those born in November as it not only looks beautiful, but represents a part of them that they can carry around with them in the form of a stunning accessory. However, your birthday doesn’t have to be in November for you to appreciate and wear topaz jewellery with pride. We still have a fantastic range of options for everyone, whether you wish to wear your birthstone or not.
Explore our extensive range of birthstone jewellery online today, or visit our showrooms in Lancaster and Kendal to speak with our jewellery experts in person. We are always more than happy to showcase our range of options available to help you find the best fit for yourself or your gift recipient.