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Topaz

Sources: Brazil, Nigeria, Ukraine

Hardness on Mohs scale: 8

Common Enhancements: Heat to achieve the pink color; Irradiation to achieve the blue color

Birthstone: November

Cleaning Methods:

  • Ultrasonic: not recommended.
  • Steamer: not recommended
  • Warm soapy water: safe

Topaz is a mineral species that can be found in many different colors, ranging from sunny yellow to peachy-orange, including colorless. Topaz displaying bright red flashes are known in the trade as imperial topaz because they were favored by Russian Czars after being discovered in the Ural mountains. Pakistan is the only source for naturally occurring pink topaz, while most topaz comes from the region of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

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