White Colorless Topaz
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.
Certified Customer Reviews
Overall Rating -> 9
The opals I ordered are absolutely beautiful, very fiery and well-cut. The pictures online didn’t do them justice. Shipping did take longer than expected (I chose the standard option), but the gemstones I received were definitely worth the wait.
I have purchased gems from Gem Select twice a year, for more than a few years.Gem select is the best place to buy gems. The selection and presentation are genuine. What you see is what you get, keeping in mind the carat weight, and measurements they have listed. Never have I been disappointed with any gem I have received from them. Nan
GemSelect has a great selection of smaller cabochons. Many other retailers do not. Plus, the photo of the stone is the one you are purchasing. Shipping from Thailand is nearly as fast as from within the US. Stones are tightly and neatly packaged.