Welcome to December! The holidays are near and winter is coming. December has two common birthstones, blue topaz & turquoise. This blog post discusses the blue topaz gemstone, while a later blog post will focus solely on turquoise. (Pictured on the right: Blue topaz ring)
Blue topaz is a semi precious gemstone ranging from mid summer sky blue to deep ocean blue in color. Blue topaz is predictably in the topaz family. Topaz is a silicate mineral made up of aluminum and fluorine. Blue topaz is a 8 on the Mohs Hardness scale (1-10, 1 being the weakest, 10 being the hardest) . In non-jewelers terms, it’s a hard gemstone and is rated “good” for everyday wear. Blue topaz is found throughout the world, most notably in Australia, Brazil, the Middle East, Africa, even the United States. (Texas celebrated finding blue topaz by making it their official state gemstone.) There are 3 true shades of blue topaz: sky color, swiss color & london blue. The sky shade is considered a pale blue, the swiss shade is slightly more blue and the london blue shade is the most intense blue shade. We use the london blue shade most commonly in our blue topaz jewelry. Ancient Greeks believed blue topaz had mystical powers and that blue topaz could improve one’s strength and make a person invisible in times of crisis. (That would be pretty sweet)
Blue topaz is a very similar gemstone in appearance to aquamarine, however Blue Topaz is more abundant and therefore less in cost. Blue Topaz looks beautiful in all types of jewelry, it’s bright blue color sparkles and combines to form a dazzling look with white metal (such as silver, white gold or platinum). We have a wide selection of blue topaz in earrings, bracelets, rings & necklaces.
To see a selection of Freedman’s blue topaz jewelry, click the links: