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The utilization of topaz goes back to the days of the Ancient Egyptian Empire. Its popularity grew tremendously during the Middle Ages, when people  believed topaz to have the power to strengthen the mind.  Many astonishing pieces of topaz jewelry were created with this sparkling gemstone.

In the past, many refered to topaz as a yellow to orange gemstone, but due to  the large supply of blue topaz in the world market today, many have been led to believe that topaz is exclusively a blue gemstone. Of course neither of these misconceptions are true and topaz can display a wide variety  of colors and even unusual effects - such as is seen in smoky topaz. The modern word topaz is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas".

The world's largest  supplier of topaz is Brazil. However, Pakistan and the former USSR are emerging as the new sources for topaz supply. Topaz comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes making it ideal for a wide variety of applications.
Its brilliance and clarity will be able to attract the attention of those who see this gem. With a hardness of 8 on the Moh's scale, topaz is very difficult to scratch; however, the gems may be brittle.Topaz earrings and topaz necklaces are always an ideal option whereas topaz rings need be handled with care.

Red and intense pink are the most rare and most desirable colors for topaz. A gem with  these colors will command a relatively high price. Bright orange color topaz, also known as imperial topaz, falls into the moderate price range and is easier to find. Blue Topaz, having a low to moderate price range, is very popular, because a variety of shades, sizes and shapes are available.  The true determinant for the evaluation of this precious stone will be the wearer's preference. The intensity of color and the clarity of the stone will contribute to the value of topaz as well, and should never be neglected.
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