Yellow, orange, pink, blue, brown, red & colorless
Some colors abundant, red is very rare
Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan
Blue in all shapes; other colors in ovals, cushions & emerald cuts
Long related to desire, the name Topaz is believed to have derived from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning heat, fire & passion, or the Greek T padzos, meaning "to search". It is also the name of an island in the Red Sea that was always wrapped in fog, thus mysterious and difficult to find. Dating back to the Ancient Egyptian Empire, Topaz hit its first peak of popularity during the Middle Ages when people believed it had the power to strengthen the mind.
Imperial Topaz is a rare gem type that comes from the Capo Mine, in the Ouro Preto region of Minas Gerais State in Brazil. It is considered the most beautiful and mysterious amongst all Topazes and is widely believed to embody all the enchantment, magic and powers of seduction of its sister stones.
Topaz comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Its brilliance and clarity are its chief attractions. A hard stone, Topaz is very difficult to scratch; however, it may be brittle. Imperial Topaz occurs naturally in colors ranging from a light golden yellow to a deep reddish orange. Some Imperial Topaz is treated by irradiation or heat to enhance its color. Unlike other topazes, Imperial Topaz does not lose its color upon prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Red and intense pink are the most rare and desirable colors for Topaz. A gem with these colors will command a relatively high price. Bright orange colored Topaz, also known as Imperial Topaz, falls into the moderate price range and is easier to find. Blue Topaz, having a low to moderate price range, is very popular, because a variety of shades, sizes and shapes are available.