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Hi Marc, I just got home from work and my husband said, Come look. On the window sill in its box was the Blue Zircon. It had just arrived. The invoice and certificate arrived yesterday. How absolutely beautiful, it’s all that I was looking for!!! I love the color and the cut. Is this a step cut? Anyway, I just love it and so does my husband. I really appreciate your expertise and your patience in helping me make this choice. I did look at other sites, but something told me to stick with you and I’m so happy that I did. P.S. My husband, Gary also said that if you ever think of renaming your company, his suggestion is STUNNING GEMS! I second that and will highly recommend AFRICAGEMS to others. All the best to you and your company. Brenda H. of Boston MA (bought loose blue zircon)

Marc, Received the spinel today and was very impressed. Although I do own some spinel, nothing in my collection has the eye-popping color of this stone. I say this knowing that pink isn't necessarily my first choice as a color for a colored gemstone. It will make a nice addition to my collection. Ted K. of Pasadena CA (bought loose pink spinel)

I received my ring today and am absolutely delighted with the colour of the stone and the sizing is nearly as wonderful. Thank you so very much! Sonja C. of Charlotte NC (bought loose aquamarine)

Marc, the ring is amazing! Thank you for everything. The stone is truly incredible. Take care and I will certainly share your information whenever I get the opportunity. Mike B of Detroit MI (bought custom aquamarine ring)

Thank you very much for the work you put into our order, I gotta tell you I've had a blast playing around with the different features of your website, designing different rings and such. Your website is merchandised pretty good. Tracie loves the rings the ruby has got a real good glow out in the sunlight and the spinel looks wonderful in its mount. The only real problem is the chain on the necklace it came terribly tangled and me thinks we just made it worse but no biggie we had an extra chain. Overall very pleased with order. Thanks J. Sitton of Baton Rouge LA (bought 2 custom rings)

Yellow sapphire received. I must say I expected the comment about it being very diamond looking to be a bit of exaggeration that tends to occur with sapphire, but it is exactly that, yet unique in its brilliance and flash. I am very pleased with the stone and moved to send a compliment. John H of Indiana PA (bought yellow sapphire loose gem)

My ring arrived yesterday. It is beautiful. I've been running around the house looking for different light sources to view the colour change under. Thank you so much for your help and patience. I hope I have the opportunity to purchase another item from you again sometime. Jacquie A. of Vancover CA (bought custom alexandrite ring)

Hi Marc, My little diamond has just arrived safely by FedEx and it looks beautiful, thank you so much. It's as white as I hoped it would be and the bow tie isn't that obvious because of the size of the stone, I imagine. I'm now going to have the pleasure of thinking up a setting for him. Thank you very much, I'm delighted. I think I'm going to have to keep looking in your discounted stones section! Best wishes, Lynn M of Sufflock UK (bought loose diamond)

Hi Marc, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you've done for us with the whole ring processes. I proposed to my girlfriend on Friday, and she beyond loved the ring. Everything came out perfectly, the sapphire is stunning, and the ring was set beautifully. Thanks again! Sincerely, Lukasz S. of Chicago IL (bought loose blue sapphire & custom ring)

Hi Marc, My gem has finally arrived and it is fabulous! The colour is exactly what I had hoped it would be.... Resembling sunset and lotus flower. I inspected the packaging and nothing appears to have been tampered with... I was getting concerned but looks like all is ok. My plan is to take the pad to a local gemologist to verify and then on to Designing a ring setting. This is a retirement gift to myself .... My last day at work is just before hopefully the ring will be ready by then. When it's done I will send you some pictures. Thank you for all your support thru this crazy process...although I've not met you I feel like I've known you for some time. I greatly appreciate your awesome Communication with me. I love the gem! Thank you Daria L of Ontario CA (bought loose padparadscha sapphire)

Marc, my ring has just arrived. I am over the moon. It is so beautiful. Thank you and your colleagues so very much. I am hoping it will bring me luck over the coming months as I am off the hospital this afternoon to find out about my operation for breast cancer. I'm sure it will help to protect me. Thank you, once again, for your brilliant contribution to my life. Warm regards, Shoosh S. of Birmingham UK (bought custom pink sapphire ring)

Hi Marc, This is Amazing! I've never experienced such fast shipping! I was noticed on a Wednesday that my items had been shipped, and on already on the following Monday I had the parcel at home! From US to Sweden in Europe! The Tanzanites I ordered are perfectly just what I requested! Thank you very much Marc! This means a lot for me! I will for sure recommend you further and come back for more orders! Wish you a nice day! Best regards, Queenie H. of Stockholm Sweden (bought loose tanzanites)

Hi Marc, I received my ring today. It fits perfectly, the color of the topaz is beautiful! I almost wish I had chosen a larger stone. Thank you, Mary A. of Modesto CA (bought a swiss blue topaz gold ring)

Cardy was AMAZING! It took 45 minutes. Everyone warned me that I would be without my ring for weeks, and you helped me get away from that. You have been extremely responsive and fantastic for all of this. I really appreciate you, and DEFINITELY would recommend you to anyone I can. You are very much running your business very well. Not to mention, my ring is beautiful!!! Exactly what I wanted. Katie F. of San Francisco CA (bought alexandrite engagement ring)

Hi Marc, I got my ring yesterday.. love it! Looks great! I like the way the prongs are done and the ruby is beautiful! Thanks, Brigitte L. (bought Chatham Ruby and AfricaGems made the ring)

Dear Marc, I have a confession to make. I lost my original engagement ring, a Stuller setting for an asscher cut and a cushion Chatham Sapphire. I wanted a ring that looked close to that original one. You made it happen! Actually, your mil grain work and stone setting was better than the original which was off centered. Thank you. Regards, Christine Y (bought Chatham Blue Sapphire and we made the ring)

Marc, Received the stone. It’s beautiful! We now have a new place to order stones from and feel confident in the quality! Thank You, Clayton M. (bought loose pink tourmaline gem)

Hi Marc, Thank you, I received the stone on Wednesday as you indicated. I appreciate the quick turn around time. Pleasure doing business with you and your site will be one of my top gem shopping sites after this business experience. I did enjoy the extra haribo snack. Thank you once again, Danny C. (bought a round 1 carat loose blue sapphire for engagement ring)

First diamonds are in the mail. Had gone away for a week and nobody at home dropped the mail in the box. Apologies. Picked up my pendant with the new ones and they look beautiful. My next purchase will be emeralds...Thanks, Marc. Li B (bought and exchanged enhanced blue diamonds)

Hi Marc, The bracelet arrived this morning and as you said it looks stunning and I know she will love it. Could you please send a Cert of Authenticity (Similar to the one sent for the 2 loose stones) and a full invoice for the total amount for insurance purposes at my end. If you need to send copies by post please send to, Alan H. (bought a tanzanite bracelet)

Hi Marc, I just wanted to say how delighted I was to receive the Tanzanite bracelet for Christmas. I understand from my husband, Alan, that you were extremely helpful with the making of the bracelet, it sounds like it caused a few problems at times, not least due to Alans bank! I just wanted to let you know that I am thrilled with the bracelet, the stones are beautiful and it looks lovely, so thank you for all your help! I hope you and your family had a good Christmas and very best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year. Kind regards, Sue H. (husband bought tanzanite bracelet)

Hi Marc, I just received the opal and it is gorgeous, as always I am very pleased with my purchase. I was looking at different pendants, it's a Christmas present for my daughter. I saw a multi-gem one that I liked. Item pendant 650870s. Should I order it on line or could you just do it. Also will you extend the 25 off discount on that item? Again, thanks for all your help,Terese U. (bought stunning loose black opal gem)

Good Afternoon Marc, Thank you so much selling me this amazing stone, I can assure you it will be well loved. I thought you might enjoy how much people love the blue spinel you sold me. I posted a few photos on PS last night and will likely post more in the next few days. Again thank you, I really do love it and I am wearing it even as I type this! Katherine S. (bought large blue spinel gemstone)

My wifes stone got here this morning. She was in awe of how gorgeous a stone it was. It is replacing a stone in a ring that was stolen and in our opinion we think it is even nicer than the stone it replaced. Once set we will be whole again lol. Again thank you for having the stone available and for you call concerning shipping. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who are looking for QUALITY stones. Doc Mc (bought loose oval padparadscha gemstone)

Hi Marc- just wanted to thank you for finding the 4.4mm size for me, and also for the quick refund on the 4mm. So glad I found your website! Cristy S. (bought loose white sapphires)

Hi Marc, I just want to say thank you so much! The pendant is so beautiful..well done! The bale also fits perfectly. I have a question about the negative ions created by can one just wear it to experience the negative ions or does there have to be pressure applied to release the negative ions? I'm just curious. Thank you Dawn T (bought custom tourmaline pendant)

Marc, The ring arrrived yesterday and it is gorgeous! Thank you so much for creating the perfect piece with this sapphire. This ring will become an heirloom. Henry G (bought custom spessartite garnet ring)

Marc, Thank you so much! You may have thought it took longer than expected but we thought it was quite expedient. Thank you for continually confirming for us our decision to purchase from Africa Gems. This has been a wonderful transaction. We'll be here all day so as soon as it arrives I'll let you know. Happy Valentine's Day, Jennefer P of San Deigo CA (bought custom emerald ring & band)

I'll put them in the mail today. I want you to know that I really appreciate how amenable you have been. Your A+ rating is exactly right. I will continue to do business with you when I have other needs. My sister has also been checking out the site for sapphires based on the excellent service I received. Thanks again, Jim W.of Bangor MI (bought loose emeralds)

Will do! I'm in Denver on business until Saturday. I'll get it shipped out ASAP upon my return - next Monday most likely. Thank you for all of your help. Especially your guarantee and return policy. Made purchasing the gem online much more comfortable. Ironically, my jeweler also loosely knew your father and had a very good opinion of him. Thanks again Marc! Doug M from Camarillo CA (bought loose blue sapphire)

Marc, Your fantastic customer service makes it easy to support AfricaGems! Looking forward to surprising my wife with the Onyx ring. Regards, Michael S. from Boise ID (bought onyx diamond pendant)

Hi Marc, So far I'm very happy with the sapphire I purchased. My plan is to mount it in a tanzanite ring that I have (the tanzanite is very light in color and I've never been happy with it which is a surprise since it's also a Levian purchase). The setting has two sides with the stone suspended in between. I think the light will catch it magnificently! Thanks for checking on my order! Rita K. from Garland TX (bought Chatham emerald stone)

Hi Marc, Just to let you know that the stone was delivered today. Pitty it is dark now so can not see the true stae, but I am happy to see it here with the certs!I hope to do business with you again in the future! Thank you for you help, patience, Regards Wim D. of Dubai (bought loose oval alexandrite)

the rings have arrived they are absolutely stuning ! i thank you with all my heart and i pay no duties thanks to you THANK YOU VERY MUCH I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANKS !! Mencaglia A of Bucharest Romania (bought two blue topaz diamond rings)

Dear Marc, I just received the four turquoise gemstones that I had ordered. They are beautiful. I am very happy with the quality and will be ordering some more gemstones soon.Thanks Baljinder K. (bought loose turquoise gems)

Marc, I just wanted to let you know that I received the ring today and it’s beautiful, she’s gonna love it! Thank you again for all you’ve done. I was concerned about ordering something liker this over the internet but you’ve made this entire process very easy and your communication with me has been outstanding. Everything was exactly as you described it…perfect! David M. of Atlanta GA (bought custom Alexandrite diamond ring)

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Topaz - Not Just a Beautiful Blue Gemstone.
When most people think of topaz, they think of the familiar and beautiful sky blue or Swiss blue or London blue that one sees in jewelry stores. While it does not come in the wide range of colors that gemstones like garnet or sapphire come in, topaz does come in colors other than blue. While pure topaz is colorless and transparent Mother Nature colored some of it with impurities and changed the color to a whisky or sherry wine color or a yellow (including a honey yellow or yellow-brown or flax color), brown, blue brown, reddish-orange, red, pink or even a pale gray. White (colorless) topaz, as a diamond substitute, comes and goes as fashion and diamond prices ebb and flow. Unfortunately, most people will never have the privilege of seeing some of these other beautiful colors because a) some colors are very rare and b) most jewelry stores do not carry them.The History of The Topaz Gemstone
Topaz, like many natural gemstones, is a gemstone of the ages. Some say that the Egyptians believed that golden topaz got its golden glow from the god of the sun. Increased strength and the ability to make the wearer invisible were two attributes given to topaz by ancient Greeks. Early mines in Brazil produced many a topaz gemstone to grace jewelry worn by 18th and 19th Century Russian Czarina . Once topaz was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Southern Russia, any product of those mines was restricted to ownership by members of the royal family. Imperial decree further restricted topaz ownership to only the Czars of Russia. It is that connection that seems to have provided the name Imperial Topaz to the reddish cognac through vivid pink topaz.Topaz and Royalty
Topaz has been collected by royal families for centuries. And there are many topaz that are the subject of myths and misidentification throughout history. One of the most famous is the Braganza Diamond discovered in Brazil in 1797.Topaz Rings in Sky Blue, Swiss Blue, London Blue and Imperial Topaz There have been stories told about this diamond; (estimated to weigh approximately 1700 carats uncut) and there has been much speculation that it was in fact not a diamond but a white or yellow topaz. It has been speculated that it was set into a royal Portuguese crown. Unfortunately, it seems to have disappeared around 1826 so no one can verify if it was a diamond or a spectacular topaz.Cut Topaz Gems Can Be VERY Large
It is not unusual to find some colors of topaz in larger carat weights and many larger beauties have been cut and polished and now reside in museums. There are very famous 1,000+ carat weight topaz at the Programa Royal Collections (Madrid Spain), the Smithsonian Institution of Natural History and one in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. These gemstones can range in sizes from 31,000 carats (6.2kg / 13.66 lbs) for the yellowish-brown El-Dorado (discovered in Brazil in 1984) down to 1,469 carats for an unnamed yellow-green topaz.Where Does The Name "Topaz" Come From?
Where the name topaz comes from is not clearly identifiable. Some say that it comes from ancient Sanscrit and some say it comes from ancient Greek. Others say it came from the Latin word Topazus through the Old French word Topac. But by any name, it is a beautiful gemstone.Topaz Mystical Properties
Some believe that topaz can drive away sadness, anger and nocturnal fears and that it can protect the wearer from sudden death. Some believe it can warn it wearer of poisons, make men more handsome and intelligent and as reference above, that it can make the wearer invisible. Some believe that yellow topaz can strengthen the bodys natural defenses against the common cold, improve breathing and protect against contracting tuberculosis. Myth has it that if one were to throw a topaz into boiling water to cool the water, that one could then reach into the water and then retract one's had with no harm to the hand. It is in no way recommended that anyone ever test this myth.Topaz Birthstone & Topaz Zodiac Birthstone
Topaz Gemstones are the traditional birthstone for those born in November and it is also the Zodiac birthstone for those born under the sign of Sagittarius. Some ascribe to the modern birthstone list wherein yellow topaz is the birthstone for those born in November and blue topaz is the birthstone for those born in December.The Different Colors of Topaz Gems
Topaz can be found in nature in several colors including light blue, pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, brown and gray but without a doubt the most plentiful type of topaz found is colorless (white). Because natural blue topaz is very rare, most blue topaz on the market these days is colorless topaz that has been enhanced. Good quality Imperial or Precious topaz is not readily available at most jewelry stores these days and when one does discover a piece of jewelry with Imperial or Precious topaz it is unfortunately usually not the best color.
Types of Topaz Gems - Blue Topaz - Mystic Topaz - White Topaz - Golden Topaz - Imperial Topaz
Many people born in November don't seem to like what they have seen in yellow, golden, Imperial or Precious topaz. This is most probably because they haven't seen the best quality or they have never actually seen an Imperial or Precious topaz in person and they may only have seen pictures of lesser quality topaz on line. And it is hard to appreciate the beauty of these gemstones unless you see them in person. What is the difference between Imperial and Precious topaz? The terms are somewhat arbitrary and will depend on who is doing the evaluation. In general, most believe that precious topaz covers the yellow to golden to golden orange colors and that Imperial denotes a reddish yellow - orange or red (rare) or pink (rare) colors of topaz.
Different Colors of Passion Topaz Gems
Golden topaz generally refers to the yellow variety of topaz. Blue topaz generally is categorized into three colors. Sky blue is the lightest of the blues followed by Swiss blue and then London Blue. Blue topaz can resemble aquamarine, blue zircon or apatite. Sky blue most closely resembles aquamarine but is typically less expensive and it doesn't display the pleochroism of an aquamarine (depending on the viewing angle, aquamarine will display blue to greenish blue or even bluish green color). Swiss blue is often described as a vivid electric blue and London blue is the darkest of the blues and is a rich blue gray color. Mystic / Mystic Fire or Passion topaz cover a range of colors from blues to greens to reds / oranges, rainbow colors and all are enhanced. All start with natural colorless topaz. The process to create Mystic / Mystic Fire topaz from natural topaz was patented by Azotic Coatings in 1998 and introduced to the marketplace in the 2003. The process to create Passion topaz from natural topaz was patented by Swarovski in 2007. See below for more enhancement information.Topaz Gemstone Evaluation and Valuation
Because topaz comes in several colors and shades thereof, evaluating one can be a little more difficult than evaluating a gemstone like a diamond. Topaz is a gemstone of the evening and looks best in incandescent or candle light. It can look a little washed out in daylight or under florescent light especially if it is not of the best quality.
Cut Topaz is cut in just about every shape imaginable except it is rarely cut in to cabochons. A well cut topaz will always stand out over a poorly cut topaz.
Hue The hue of a topaz will depend on the color so the guidelines here are general by nature. In general, the more rare the color, i.e., violet / red, the more expensive the topaz will be. Enhanced blue topaz is very available and therefore less expensive as are Mystic and Passion topaz. A 60% - 70% hue is a good rule of thumb.
Saturation The saturation evaluation defined here is again a more general rule. Colors of topaz other than blue or Mystic or Passion may have a brown saturation mask. As a general rule, color saturation between 70% and 80% will be o.k. Over 80% and the brown mask will be noticeable, and under 70% the color may be too pale.
Tone Many believe that in general the best tonal range is between 50% and 80%. This range may vary as to which is best depending on the hue of the topaz and the individual preferences of the collector.
Carat Weight Topaz can be found in very large carat weights in nature. As a general rule the rarer the color the rarer it is to find in larger carat weights available for setting in jewelry. For example, blue topaz is very available in larger carat weights up to 20 carats but Imperial Precious topaz is rarer in carat weights over a few carats and will be much more expensive.
Clarity - Topaz is a Type I gemstone and should be eye-clean.
Color Grade of Golden Topaz by Saturation

Mohs - While topaz is an 8 on the Mohs scale and very suitable for everyday wear in rings, pendants or earrings one should take the same care as one would when wearing a diamond. Like a diamond it has perfect cleavage and it can break, chip or form straight cracks if one were to hit it in just the right place. So protect it from hard knocks.
Treatments-Yellow, golden, orange, pink and red topaz may be heat treated or completely natural. Yellow topaz when heated may turn pink. While blue topaz does occur naturally it is rare. The blue topaz that took the jewelry world by storm in the 1980s is colorless topaz that has undergone heat and / or irradiation treatments*. These treatments made blue topaz plentiful and they are permanent. Mystic / Mystic Fire and Passion topaz are treated by different types of patented diffusion or surface coating processes. While these treatments are accepted and relatively permanent topaz treated with these processes do require special care when being set and / or cleaned. Simple warm soapy water or jewelry cleaner safe for pearls and opals is the best for cleaning all topaz. As with all gemstones, one should avoid using chemicals like bleach or chlorine or abrasive polishing clothes when wearing topaz jewelry.
Gem Report - A buyer who is considering the purchase of a loose topaz gemstone should request a professional gemological report in order to help them know exactly what they are purchasing. Grading reports may be shown using a numerical value and / or percent or be given an overall letter (B thru AAA to GEM) and description "grade" for the clarity and color - it will depend on with which laboratory the gemologist trained. There are several recognized laboratories like Gemological Institute of America (GIA - uses the numerical scale), International Gemological Institute (IGI), International Gem Society (IGS), European Gemological Center (EGC) and more.
Topaz Buyers Beware
* The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has strict import regulations regarding blue topaz gemstones to ensure that they do not have residual radiation from the treatment process and AfricaGems guarantees that all of our blue topaz gemstones comply and are imported under these regulations and can be worn without hesitation.Topaz Imposters and Synthetics
One of the biggest misconceptions is that there is a genuine topaz called smoky (smokey) topaz. This misnomer is still use in jewelry stores and on line today (but you won't see it on Smoky topaz is in truth a type of quartz (Citrine) and quartz and topaz are completely different types of gemstones. Smoky quartz should always be called smoky quartz and should never be represented as topaz as it is truly a misrepresentation.Other imposter names: Bahia topaz = Citrine Citrine topaz = Citrine Gold topaz = Citrine - Note: This can be very confusing because Golden Topaz is a type of genuine topaz) Indian topaz = Sapphire (yellow to orange) King topaz = Sapphire (yellow to orange) Madeira topaz = Citrine Oriental topaz = Sapphire (yellow to orange) Spanish topaz = Citrine Star topaz = Yellow Star Sapphire Topaz Quartz = CitrineSynthetic spinel and corundum as sometimes sold as topaz.NEW COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL IMPERIAL TOPAZ AND PRECIOUS TOPAZ GEMSTONES JUST ARRIVED IN FREE SIZES
A very fine collection of high quality free sized loose topaz gemstones in the precious and imperial varieties are here! Precious topaz stones are characteristized by a beautiful pinkish orange color with the finest gems displaying reddish tones. Golden yellow topaz, the more commonly know variety has a beautiful golden straw yellow color. Topaz is also characterized by it's brilliance and durability. Don't wait - Get your loose topaz gemstone now!

Resources & References for Topaz Gemstones:
Learn More About Natural Topaz Gemstones from GIA
Learn More About Topaz Gemstones from AGTA
Learn More About Genuine Topaz Gems
Learn More About Genuine Topaz Stones from the ICA
More Information About Topaz Gem Stones from Wikipedia

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