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Imperial Topaz

Just hearing the very name sounds impressive, but wait until you actually see one!

The Egyptians believed that topaz was colored by the golden glow of the mighty Sun God Ra, which made topaz a very powerful amulet that protected the faithful against harmful doings. The most sought after of all natural topaz is called "Imperial Topaz".

The rich golden color of imperial topaz is typically reddish with orange overtones, and they are generally not enhanced by any kind of treatment. The most important deposit was found in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The fine golden-yellow imperial topaz is relatively scarce.

Topaz shows pleochroism, the appearance of several colors in one and the same stone, depending on the viewing angle. Colored topazes get usually a step- or scissor-cut. Due to its hardness (8 on the Mohs scale) imperial topaz is durable and qualifies for any kind of jewelry.

Topaz is a very hard gemstone but it can be split with a single blow, a trait it shares with diamond. As a result it should be protected from hard knocks.

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