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Caribbean Topaz

What is Caribbean topaz?

There are so many different varieties of topaz, why do we need to make designer ones? They come in clear, pink, blue, yellow, brown, orange and even black. But, once you see the brilliant colors of a Caribbean topaz, you'll know why. Also known as mystic fire topaz, a Caribbean topaz ring is stunningly brilliant addition to any jewelry collection because of the multi-colored gemstone.

First of all, they don't actually come from the Caribbean. The name may pay homage to the deep blues and greens of the ocean and island trees. Caribbean topaz starts out as a white natural topaz. In 1998, a process was patented by the company Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. that created even more colorful designer topaz gemstones.

Through a special process, a very thin titanium layer is used to coat the underside of the cut gem. The titanium changes the refraction of the light as it passes through the gem and gives it a rainbow of colors that seems to change with movement. This gemstone is also known as mystic fire topaz and Bermuda topaz, but their properties are the same. This coating treatment does not diminish the value of the stone because it does not change any of the physical properties. The stone is all natural, it just has a thin layer of titanium added to it.

Where does Caribbean topaz come from?

Topaz can be found in a variety of places. Asia is a main source with mines in Pakistan, Afhganistan, Myanmar, Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka and China. Australia, the United States and Mexico also have deposits. African locations like Namibia and Nigeria also contain mines. The blue variety is only found in its natural state in England.

Once the white topaz, which looks clear like a diamond, is mined, some are set aside for titanium treatment. Some topaz are also heat-treated and irradiated to bring out shades of other colors, like blue. Treatments like this are actually a very common practice in the jewelry industry to get the most appealing shades and colors possible.

Caribbean Topaz--Special occasions

Typically, the yellow topaz is the birthstone for the month of November. But, it could be said that any topaz qualifies as the birthstone. For the girl who likes to be different, a Caribbean topaz bracelet makes for a unique and stunning birthday present. But, this vibrantly colored gemstone makes a great gift for any occasion. For example, instead of a plain diamond necklace for an anniversary, give a Caribbean topaz and diamond pendant. The sparkling glamour of the piece will knock her socks off!

Significant meanings

Like all gemstones, Caribbean topaz jewelry holds its own mystical properties and meanings. Some of the magical properties associated with the topaz is the power of invisibility and instills courage in the wearer. Some believe it serves as a life guide, helping the wearer chart the course of his life. Medically speaking, it was believed to improve eyesight and aid in alleviating upper respiratory problems like asthma. To administer it as a medicine, the stone would be ground up and served in wine. Another property of the Caribbean topaz is that it is supposed to expose poison, saving the wearer from ingesting it.

How to clean Caribbean topaz

Caribbean topaz is made of fluorine aluminum silicate which ranks an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that it is a very durable gemstone, at least the top is. Normally, a topaz could be cleaned just like a diamond, ruby or sapphire, but because of the titanium coating, more care must be taken when cleaning it. The layer could be damaged if harsh chemicals are used or if the coating gets scratched. Scratches will totally through off the refractive light properties that the Caribbean topaz is known for. So, use a very mild soap and warm water to clean them. If necessary, GENTLY brush the gem with a soft brush to remove other debris.

Because the natural topaz is relatively strong, daily wear of a Caribbean topaz and diamond bracelet is fine. Just take care not to knock the stones too hard. Just because they are durable, doesn't mean they can't be chipped- even diamonds can be broken if hit hard enough.

Caribbean topaz jewelry along with other designer gemstone pieces is finding a huge following among jewelry lovers. Though most people think of a yellow or blue stone when they think of topaz, this multi-colored designer gem is becoming a favorite among collectors. Because of the colorful variety, a Caribbean topaz necklace or any other piece looks lovely set in gold or silver. Each metal brings out different aspects of the gem- silver highlights the cooler colors and gold accents the warmer shades. The kaleidoscope of color in blues, greens and violets make for a truly unique gemstone that truly impresses all that see it.