Found in several places around the world from Australia, Brazil and Russia to Norway and China, topaz is usually colourless in its natural state. Blue and pink topaz do occur naturally but are extremely rare. Treatment, using heat and chemicals is applied to obtain the wide variety of colours we recognise today. Topaz is available in all colours of the rainbow including pink, blue, yellow and orange-pink, even variegated with hints of green and red. Its striking colour combined with its beauty, durability and affordability makes topaz jewellery ideal for all occasions.
Mystic topaz belongs to the same family group as blue topaz and is one of this centuries most beautiful new gemstones. Mystic topaz has grown in popularity since 2003 when it was exhibited at the worlds largest gem show in Arizona. Its striking array of vibrant colours and its versatility have lead to its recent rise in popularity.
Mystic topaz is a relatively new type of enhanced gemstone, but its unique multi-coloured brilliance and affordability are making it one of the most sought after gems of today.
Mystic topaz does not occur naturally. To create mystic topaz, natural colourless topaz is treated with a thin coating of titanium which is applied to the underside of the stone. It is the application of this coating that creates the stunning rainbow colours from blue, green and yellow to small bursts of red shades. This striking iridescent effect makes mystic topaz the perfect choice for unique rings and jewellery. Mystic topaz lends itself to a wide range of cuts and styles and is often set alongside diamonds in both yellow and white gold. The stunning variety of colours displayed by this gemstone complements today's fashion trends and is increasingly being used by well-known jewellery designers.
The Mohs’ scale measures a gems relative hardness on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the stones “scratchability”. Diamond is the hardest at 10, sapphire and rubies measure 9, with pearl at around 3 ½ and amber at 2 ½. Mystic topaz is a hard gemstone measuring 8 on the Mohs’ scale.
Care and Cleaning:
Due to the way mystic topaz is treated to give it the rainbow appearance, it needs specialist care and maintenance. As the treatment is applied to the underside of the stone, the surface of the stone is actually very resistant to scratches or damage undertaken through everyday wear. If cared for correctly the coating will last the lifetime of the jewellery.
Mystic topaz rings should be protected from knocks and should be removed when doing heavy work. The best way to clean your mystic topaz jewellery is by using a mild soap and water solution. Do not use abrasive cloths or brushes as they could scratch the coating which will influence the stones appearance. It is also advisable not to use steam and ultra sonic cleaners found in jewellery stores.