The Science of Topaz

Topaz also aids verbalization and is excellent for meditation and living according to your own aspirations and views. It helps you recognize truth and wisdom and where exactly you have strayed from your own truth. It is a great choice for the time when we want to understand our entire life, when we want to know why what seemed to be our greatest wish, our strongest desire, was not fulfilled. It allows us to clearly see what we have accomplished, and the goals we still have left to accomplish. This clear vision allows us to have inner peace.
Physical Properties and Science of Topaz

Topaz rates an 8 on the hardness scale. It is a hard brilliant stone with a fine color range. In fact, the color of a topaz is more important than the size in determining its value. Topaz occurs naturally in a range of colors and is heat-treated to produce the more popular hues. True topaz is found in shades of colorless to yellow, orange, red or brown, and is sometimes treated by irradiation to produce blue colors. The term “imperial topaz” refers to stones with a fine peachy to reddish orange color. Today, pink, blue, and honey colored stones are the most sought after, while deep golden yellow and pink are the most valuable (natural pink stones are rare- most are heat treated yellow stones).

Topaz is the variety of topaz most available today. Much colorless topaz is irradiated and heat-treated to a range of blues, some of which are almost indistinguishable from aquamarine with the naked eye. What makes a topaz different from an aquamarine is its lack of pleochroism. Aquamarine always displays a very attractive pleochroism from blue to greenish-blue or bluish-green. topaz usually has a more definite blue, perhaps with a grayish tone, which certainly distinguishes it from aquamarine.