July 2016 Newsletter

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Topaz, a gemstone synonymous with 'brilliant' and in every sense of the term, have often been rightfully described as a beautiful substitute to the very coveted diamond and even sapphire   Read More  

About Topaz

Topaz is a silicate gemstone with aluminum and fluorine in its chemical formula. In its purest state, the jewel is completely colorless. Topaz's pinks, reds and purples are due to trace elements of chromium, while blue is often the result of irradiation. Brown and yellow appear when there are irregularities in the crystal's atomic structure.  Read More

Topaz History

As rich as its beauty, is topaz's history. Throughout history, different color topaz has been mined and owned by the queens and kings. According to them topaz was the provider of wisdom and knowledge. It was presumed to be a symbol of Ra, the Sun God, by the Egyptians who also considered it to be a provider of life. In short, the Egyptians highly revered the gemstone.  

Varieties of Topaz

The Brazilian imperial topaz ranges from bright yellow to deep golden brown color and may even be violet. Imperial topaz is also known to sometimes fade in color owing to an extended period of exposure to the sun. Pycnite is another columnar variety of topaz which are also referred to as the yellow-white variety. 

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Since 1976 I have been Designing and Creating Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most talented and educated gemstone cutters throughout the world. The sourcing of these gemstones is one of the many facets in the process of creating and executing Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. This extensive network enables us to find the desired gemstone whether it is a unique Semi-precious Gemstone, a brilliant Ruby or Sapphire or a diamond no matter the size. We respect any and all requests irrespective of size or budget.
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