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The word "topaz" was derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas" which means "fire".
Although today topaz is generally thought of as a blue stone due to the abundance of the color, historically, red and orange topaz was more common, and when one mentioned topaz, they were referring to a yellow or orange stone.
Topaz is a gem that is very often optically clear, so stones with good clarity are available and they are often faceted for jewelry.
Blue topaz is found in nature but it is generally quite pale in color and is rarely available in finished gemstones.
These pale blue topaz are the kind found here on the website. there are also some light yellowish ones.
Most of the darker/brighter blue topaz found in jewelry today has actually been irradiated and heated from colorless or light brown topaz to get the bright color.
Comes from: Brazil, Pakistan, Mexico and Nigeria
WHEN YOU ORDER THE TOPAZ YOU WILL GET ONE LARGE OR A FEW SMALL PIECES. A small piece is about 3/8 to .5 inches, round, a large piece is 5/8 to .75 round (approximately).
Small baggie containing one large or a couple smaller pieces of topaz. Good for new collectors of all ages and use in crystal grids and healing work.