White or colorless topaz is an affordable gemstone for those looking for durability and beauty combined. Most of the white topaz gems available today are mined from Minas Gerais (Brazil), but deposits are also commercially mined from Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Ukraine and the USA.
White topaz has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it tough and resistant to most scratches, but its perfect cleavage does make it fragile in regard to fractures or splits. Topaz in its purest form is completely colorless and exhibits excellent transparency with an attractive vitreous (glass-like) luster. It serves as an excellent natural substitute for white diamond, although it can be difficult to find small precision-cut gemstones.
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Many beautiful gems on the site. Love that you are actually shipped the gem that is shown in the photos. Also cool that they give a write up of each gem detailing hardness, characteristics, and best uses for mounting. Great site! Looking forward to seeing these gems in person.