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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)

I received the Tsavorites Friday and I was stunned with the quality of the stones I received. I was worried about ordering calibrated stones without even having a picture of the exact stones I'd be receiving, but you didn't disappoint. The description said to expect some yellow, I didn't detect any yellow at all, if anything I picked up on a slight hint of blue which is very desirable. Anyhow, I had them set today, they hold their color and are bright in even the worst lighting. Thank you! Greg R. of St. Paul MN (bought Tsavorite gemstones)

Thank you for inquiring about the possible upgrade. The ring is too beautiful to jeopardize its integrity. I now will know the next time to use the chart when ordering. It is amazing how it changes color according to the light source. Thank you again, Lisa M. of Spokane WA (bought custom chatham alexandrite ring)

Again, beautiful quality. Am relieved they finally got here! Thanks for your help Cheers, Sonia R. of Tasmania (bought loose citrine gems)

Hi Marc, I received the alexandrite. The quality exceeded my expectations. Your stone was much nicer than anything that I saw locally. You got a repeat customer! Michelle R. of Chicago IL (bought loose alexandrite) My son delivered the stone and Denice was thrilled! Thanks Marc….a loooong road but all ended as we wanted Thank you for following up Michael D. from Naples FL (bought loose spessartite garnet)

The aquamarine stones arrived yesterday. Lovely color, as are all stones I have received from Africa Gems! They are already set in gold earring mounts and in my ears. Love them! Thank you! Renny B. from Province MA (bought loose aquamarines)

Marc, The ring is magnificent! Well worth the wait. Betty is very happy. The full cut diamonds make a world of difference and show off the alexandrite very nicely. I can't thank you enough for your excellent sales and service. --- If your up to it, I have another job for you. Eugene M from Albany NY (bought custom alkexandrite ring)

Hi Mark, I received the ring today and can not express enough how happy I am with it; great quality and design; it is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, P.S. gummy bears was a cute touch, Bianna F. from Staten Island NY (bought quartz diamond ring)

Ok no problem. Thanks again for being so great. You have really helped to make a great experience for both of us. Brendan G. of St. Paul MN (bought heart shape blue sapphire)

Marc, The ring is great! We always wanted those alexandrites to stay together, and the bypass ring was the perfect solution. It's always a pleasure to work with you. Your attention to customer satisfaction and quality workmanship are first rate. Thanks, Eugene M. from Albany NY (bought custom alexandrite diamond ring)

Marc, I received my replacement alexandrites today and I absolutely love them. They are perfect. Thank you so much for your quick response, attention to detail and wonderful customer service. Doing business with Africa Gems has been a lovely experience and I look forward to doing business with you in the future. God bless. Lisa L. of Dover PA (bought loose alexandrite gems)

Received ring, sharp. Weird how the cognac diamonds make the silver look gold. Good job. Might have just made a sale for u with the ups man! She is gonna love it. When the shirt man gets my shirts made i will shoot u one out. Mark C from Birmingham AL (bought custom silver diamond ring)

Hi Marc, I hope you remember this ring, one year and a bit later, thought I'd send you some pics. It truly is gorgeous! My baby girl is a May flower, I'll be getting her something in the future! Thanks again! Cheers, Natalie B. of London UK (bought alexandrite diamond ring band)

Hi Marc The jewelry & gems have arrived. Well.....what can I say....Holy Sh... Absolutely stunning! Janetta is in her own little Nirvana! Now she will really bankrupt me! A great big thanks Karl K. from Manitoba Canada (bought many gems)

No worries, I'm thrilled with your service and the quality of gems.I will definitely be back whenever I need more! Thanks much, Rob G of Gary IN (bought loose aquamarines)

The purchase i made was well worth it , i bought a band had it put in the band and asked my girl friend to marry me. She said yes . Thanks again Paul H. from Charlotte MD (bought white sapphire gemstone)

My alexandrite ring was way beyond my expectations. It’s absolutely beautiful and I truly love it. I have waited a long time to get an Alexandrite ring. Well worth the wait. The service was outstanding and the quality was outstanding. Paula L. from Bethesda MD (bought large alexandrite diamond platinum ring)

TOPAZ
Topaz Gemstone - The Largest Selection of Topaz Loose Gemstones of All Types Are Available at AfricaGems - We Stock
Yellow Topaz-Golden Topaz-Imperial Topaz-Precious Topaz-Passion Topaz-Teal Topaz-Swiss Blue Topaz-London Blue Topaz-Sky Blue Topaz-Mystic Topaz & White Topaz
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 AfricaGems.com). 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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Topaz Gemstone - The Largest Selection of Topaz Loose Gemstones of All Types Are Available at AfricaGems - We Stock
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