December Birthstone Spotlight: Blue Topaz

Dec 03, 2012

The days have been flying by and December is already upon us! It’s time to turn our spotlight on the beloved blue topaz, the perfect gemstone for this time of year. It’s the official state gem of Texas and Utah, as well as the anniversary gem for 4th, 19th, or 23rd year of marriage. Although the topaz comes in a rainbow of colors, the sparkling blue topaz is the only color for December.

Most of the topaz mined each year is white and has led it to being confused with diamonds. The Braganza “diamond” was found in 1740 in Ouro Preto, Brazil and at 1,640 carats it was believed to be the largest diamond found at the time. It was later decided that the stone is actually a colorless topaz. Blue is the second most common color for topazes.

The largest blue topaz to date is the Marbella Topaz, named after the town of Marbella, Spain. This topaz weighs a hefty 8,225 carats. The gem also has excellent color and clarity in a beautiful oval-cut.

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In 1255 St. Hildegard of Bingen, known for her works concerning the health benefits of gems, said that steep a topaz in wine for three days and then rubbing the solution over the eyes would help stop eyesight from failing. Africans used to use the topaz as part of healing ritual and a means of communication with the spirits. The topaz is also an important part of Hindu mythology, and Hindus believe that the topaz has the ability to sharpen intelligence, prolong life, and relieve thirst. Topaz was also used at one point to determine if food or drink had been poisoned and was said to have changed colors. With this list of attributes, who wouldn’t want to have topaz around?

These long oval blue topaz and diamond pave earrings from King Jewelers are glamorous enough that you’d want to take them everywhere anyway. There is a total of 13.11 carats of blue topaz in these knock-out earrings.

Established in 1912, the King family has owned and operated King Jewelers for five generations while building an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value, and first-class service. Today, King Jewelers has brick-and-mortar stores located in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, both of which have won numerous regional and national awards of distinction. Offering a magnificent selection of fine jewelry collections including the hottest Italian designs, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and fancy-colored diamonds, as well as luxury European timepieces, King Jewelers prides itself in being one step ahead of the trend. In addition, King Jewelers offers on-site jewelry and watch repairs, custom design services, appraisals, estate buying, and corporate gift programs. For more information, visit www.kings1912.com.

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