Blue topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals. It is formed form fluorine-bearing gases released during the later stages of solidification in acidic igneous rocks. Most probably, the name was derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning "fire." Topaz is most familiar with yellow while red topaz is the rarest. Though, blue topaz is created when radiation is applied to colorless topaz . Topaz is susceptible to hard blows because of its fine & fragile cuttings. Gemstone Beads made of topaz are available in a large variety of sizes

Topaz is available in a range of different colors which are :

* Red * Deep golden yellow (Imperial topaz)
* White topaz * Blue
* Green * Light to medium brown (Champagne topaz)
* Canary & orange yellow * Pink

Topaz beads are very much in demand when it comes to the making of :

* Rings * Body Jewelry
* Pendants * Jewelry Sets
* Earrings * Diamond Jewelry
* Bracelets * Pins & Brooches
* Loose Gems * Charms
* Necklaces

Availability :
Blue was once the rarest color of the Topaz family but today it is the most common, thanks to an irridation color enhancement process developed in the 1970's. It is both affordable and available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Natural Blue Topaz is still. however exceedingly rare

Routine Enhancements :
Almost all Blue Topaz found on the market today was once colorless Topaz that is treated with irradiation and heat to produce the color blue.


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