Blue Topaz: A Guide with Facts, History, Meaning, Prices and More
Blue Topaz - Introduction
Topaz gemstones have been famed for their captivating beauty for thousands of years and throughout history most golden yellow stones were referred to as Topaz.
However, in modern times, it is Blue Topaz that has become one of the most popular of all gemstones as a symbol of serenity and grace with colors ranging from delicate sky blue to intense inky blue.
In this article, we explore the world of Blue Topaz gemstones, their varieties, and the significance they hold in the world of gemology and jewelry.
The Mystique of Blue Topaz
The allure of Topaz gemstones can be traced back to the dawn of civilization. Mentioned in the bible and ancient Sanskrit writings it was held in as much regard as sapphires and rubies in ancient times.
Blue Topaz has become one of the world’s most popular gemstones and this is not just because of the stunning blue colors that are available and the amazing clarity and sparkle that they possess.
The spiritual powers of cool blue topaz include a soothing and relaxing quality which brings friendship and romance to those who possesses one. This is just one of the reasons that Blue Topaz has become a wonderful alternative to diamonds as an engagement ring.
By owning a Blue Topaz gemstone, you can gain the benefits that all blue crystals bring - the color symbolizes freedom, harmony, wisdom, understanding and loyalty and helps to mend broken relationships with a forgiving heart.
In addition, the spiritual attributes of Topaz itself will bestow fortune, abundance and good health. Even if you are a bit wary of the mystical properties of gemstones, there is no denying that the color blue summons up feelings of calmness and serenity with visions of clear skies and tropical seas.
As an added bonus, Blue Topaz can have an influence on the Throat Chakra which helps with emotions surrounding communication and creativity and physical issues like sore throats and thyroid problems.
As you can see there are countless reasons to own a blue topaz. Feel free to explore our current stock of blue topaz.
Blue Topaz: Birthstone, Zodiac and Anniversary Stone
Blue Topaz is one of the alternative Birthstones for December while Topaz of any color is the traditional birthstone for November.
On the subject of birthdays, Blue Topaz has become associated with anyone born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius, Scorpio and Aries.
Further east, Blue Topaz is connected to the Jyotish Hindu sign for the planet Jupiter which covers Sagittarius and Pisces as well as the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse.
Blue Topaz is also the time-honored gift to celebrate the 4th wedding anniversary.
The Allure of Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz is a gemstone celebrated for its vivid blue shades, reminiscent of the clear summer skies on a perfect day. These radiant hues conjure up a sense of tranquility, peace, and inspiration, making Blue Topaz the perfect choice for anyone seeking gemstones with emotional and spiritual significance as well as outstanding looks.
The origins of the name "Topaz" has many theories but I like to believe it comes from the Sanskrit word "tapas," meaning fire. While Topaz can be found in various colors, including shades of yellow, pink, and brown, it is the blue variety that captures the imagination of jewelry enthusiasts worldwide.
Varieties of Blue Topaz
Blue topaz gemstones are traded under specific color varietal trade names, and each has its own unique appeal:
- Sky Blue Topaz: As the name suggests, Sky Blue Topaz resembles a blue sky on a cloudless day. Its gentle, calming hue makes it a favorite choice for everyday jewelry pieces. Sky Blue Topaz represents tranquility and is often associated with feelings of calmness and peacefulness.
- Swiss Blue Topaz: This variety boasts a deeper, more vibrant blue than its Sky Blue counterpart. Swiss Blue Topaz gemstones are known for their striking color and are often used in statement jewelry pieces. They symbolize inspiration and are believed to stimulate creativity.
- London Blue Topaz: Among the blue varieties, London Blue Topaz is the deepest and most intense in color. Its rich blue shade resembles the depths of the ocean. London Blue Topaz is associated with serenity and emotional balance.
Blue Topaz Mining locations
The vast majority of Blue Topaz is found in Brazil although it can also be found in other parts of the world including Australia, China, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Pakistan, Russia and Sri Lanka.
Blue Topaz Price
As with all colored gemstones, the price is determined by the color, clarity, cut and carat size of the gemstone.
|Color||Weight||Approximate Price Range / ct|
|Sky Blue||1 - 5ct||$5 - $10|
|Sky Blue||5ct+||$6 - $12|
|Swiss Blue||1 - 5ct||$6 - $20|
|Swiss Blue||5ct+||$7 - $20|
|London Blue||1 - 5ct||$7 - $30|
|London Blue||5ct+||$8 - $45|
Blue Topaz Quality Factors
Although Topaz can be found in totally natural blue colors, this is incredibly rare so most Blue Topaz has been treated with a totally safe irradiation and heating process to produce the amazing colors.
As with all colored gemstones, it is the hue, tone and saturation of the blue color in the Topaz that will determine its value however, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, only you can decide which Blue Topaz gemstone is an ideal choice.
In the jewelry industry it is the rich and intense London Blue Topaz which is the most valued with the Sky Blue and Swiss Blue varieties available at slightly lower prices per carat.
Blue Topaz gemstones have high levels of clarity, most gemstones for sale are considered ‘eye clean’, that is any impurities or flaws - known as inclusions to gemstone dealers and jewelers - are invisible to the naked eye. As it is a natural gemstone such inclusions could certainly be present but would only be seen under magnification.
Blue Topaz can be cut into any style although ovals, pears, rounds, and emerald cuts are the most popular. The princess cut, round cut and other modern styles of faceting can add a significant sparkle to Blue Topaz gemstones.
As it can be found in quite large carat sizes at prices that will not break the bank, cutters are willing to experiment with some very interesting and large fancy cuts.
Blue Topaz can be found in just about any carat size making them an ideal jewelry gemstone as they can easily be used for matching jewelry sets or for single statement pieces. With the enhancing treatments that are available, even very large stones can be found at very affordable prices.
What jewelry is Topaz suitable for?
Blue Topaz gemstones have long been coveted for their elegance and soothing colors. They have become an increasingly common choice in various types of jewelry.
As we have mentioned, Blue Topaz is a very affordable and readily available gemstone so it can be incorporated into almost any type of jewelry, limited only by the designer’s imagination.
Subtle or eye-catching rings, matching earrings, delicate necklaces, multi-stone bracelets and stand-out pendants are just a few that come to mind for this versatile gemstone.
Blue Topaz has a hardness rating on Mohs scale of an impressive 8, just below that of sapphires and rubies so is perfect for items that can be worn every day.
Blue Topaz Engagement Rings
In recent times, Blue Topaz engagement rings have gained popularity for their captivating blue sparkle and symbolic meaning. The calming and peaceful attributes of Blue Topaz make it a fitting choice for couples embarking on a journey of love and commitment.
It symbolizes a serene and everlasting union, offering emotional support and balance to those who wear it.
Blue topaz is a fairly accessible gemstone so they can be found at great prices; their beautiful appearance is comparable with aquamarine, sapphires and diamonds at a fraction of the cost.
Blue Topaz engagement rings often feature a central Blue Topaz gemstone surrounded by diamonds or other gemstones, enhancing its brilliance and allure.
The striking contrast of blue against the sparkle of diamonds creates a mesmerizing effect, making Blue Topaz engagement rings a captivating choice for those seeking unique and meaningful jewelry.
Blue Topaz gemstones are available in such a variety of sizes, shapes and shades of blue that they are a perfect stone for an engagement ring but if you are buying one for that special person in your life, I highly recommend letting them choose the style and the color as for everyone that desires the rich intense London Blue there will be someone else who loves the light and refreshing Swiss Blue hue.
It is worth noting that it also, like a diamond, has perfect cleavage meaning it can split along the direction of its crystals if hit with a forceful blow. This is more of a concern for cutters, engravers and mounters, since usual day to day use of topaz jewelry is unlikely to face such damaging treatment.
Taking Care of your Blue Topaz Jewelry
To ensure the lasting beauty of Blue Topaz jewelry, proper care is essential. Here are some tips for maintaining the brilliance of your Blue Topaz gemstones:
- Gentle Cleaning: Clean your Blue Topaz jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust and fingerprints. Avoid using abrasive materials that could scratch the gemstone.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Blue Topaz gemstones can be sensitive to chemicals, so avoid exposing them to harsh cleaning agents, perfumes, and cosmetics. Remove your jewelry before swimming or engaging in activities that may expose it to chemicals.
- Store Properly: When not wearing your Blue Topaz jewelry, store it in a soft pouch or jewelry box to prevent scratches and protect it from exposure to light and air, which can cause fading.
- Periodic Professional Cleaning: It's a good idea to have your Blue Topaz jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected periodically to ensure that the settings are secure and the gemstone will retain its renowned sparkle and shine.
Blue Topaz vs Other Gemstones
Blue Topaz vs Blue Zircon
|Property||Blue Topaz||Blue Zircon|
|Color||Various shades of blue, often light to medium blue||Various shades of blue, can range from pale to deep blue|
|Hardness (Mohs scale)||8||6.5 - 7.5|
|Specific Gravity||3.53 - 3.56||4.6 - 4.7|
|Refractive Index||1.610 - 1.638||1.810 - 2.024|
|Origin||Found in various regions including Brazil, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka||Found in various regions including Cambodia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka|
|Price||Generally more affordable||Can be more expensive, especially for high-quality stones|
Blue Topaz vs Blue Sapphire
|Property||Blue Topaz||Blue Sapphire|
|Color||Various shades of blue, often light to medium blue||Rich, deep blue to lighter blue|
|Hardness (Mohs scale)||8||9|
|Specific Gravity||3.53 - 3.56||3.99 - 4.00|
|Refractive Index||1.610 - 1.638||1.762 - 1.770|
|Origin||Found in various regions including Brazil, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka||Found in various regions including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar|
|Price||Generally more affordable||Generally more expensive, especially for high-quality stones|
Blue Topaz gemstones, with their calming hues and diverse shades, have carved a special place in the world of gemology and jewelry.
From engagement rings symbolizing serene and lasting love to everyday jewelry pieces radiating tranquility, Blue Topaz continues to captivate hearts and inspire creativity.
For more information about Blue Topaz, please explore our website where we have articles on the Meaning of Topaz, Blue Gemstones and Topaz Gemstones.
Or just hop straight to our Blue Topaz product pages to see what is on offer today.
Is treated blue topaz safe?
Colorless Topaz undergoes an irradiation and heat process to produce the amazing range of blue colors found in Blue Topaz gemstones. Irradiation sounds a bit scary but the gemstones that this treatment creates are totally safe - you are subject to more radiation exposure by getting an x-ray, flying in an airplane or even watching TV.
What is London blue topaz?
London Blue Topaz is a gemstone which has a specific rich deep shade of blue which is a bit darker than Swiss Blue or Sky Blue Topaz but slightly lighter than a blue sapphire often described as ‘inky blue’.
What is Swiss blue topaz?
Swiss Blue Topaz is a lighter shade of blue than its brother, London Blue Topaz, with a color that is described as a brilliant or bright blue.
What is Sky blue topaz?
Of the three main varieties of Blue Topaz, Sky Blue Topaz is the lightest with its finest examples displaying, as the name suggests, the color of a bright blue summer sky.
Does blue topaz fade?
The irradiation and heat treatment needed to produce the stunning colors found in Blue Topaz is permanent so the color will not fade over time.
How much is blue topaz worth?
Blue Topaz is a beautiful but inexpensive gemstone. Its price is determined by the 4 Cs, color, clarity, cut and carat size. Please refer to our price guide here or see our Blue Topaz gemstones for sale here.
How to tell the difference between blue topaz and aquamarine?
Blue Topaz and Aquamarine can look very similar in appearance especially in photographs on the internet with both gemstones often sharing delicate blue shades.
Analysis in a laboratory can identify the differences in crystal structure, chemical make-up, refraction, density, hardness and so on that determine the authenticity of a gemstone.
The most obvious difference would be price as genuine Aquamarine gemstones are valued considerably higher although there are a lot of shady sellers out there. The only way to be sure of your gemstone is to use a trusted source.
How to clean blue topaz?
You can clean your Blue Topaz gemstones at home using warm soapy water and a soft bristled brush or wash cloth. Avoid any chemical cleaners or steam and ultrasound treatments. For a special occasion you could always take them to a jewelry shop for a professional clean.
How to tell the difference between a natural and synthetic topaz?
Blue Topaz is the result of natural, colorless Topaz undergoing treatment to create the stunning blue colors. It is possible to make synthetic Topaz in a laboratory but since natural Topaz is so readily available it is not really worth going to all that trouble and expense to generate such a gemstone.