Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Style of A Blue Topaz Ring

Topaz is a form of yellow-amber quartz. The purest form of topaz, unaffected by mineral deposits, is clear, but most commonly it is found in nature, hued in the popular amber tone. Different treatments can cause topaz to take on various colors. High heat treatments will leave it with a pink to red tint while irradiation will leave the stone with a blue color. Currently, the most popular trend is the blue topaz stone. Set in a ring, it is a beautiful accent for many occasions.

The advantages to topaz as a gemstone are many. One attribute that makes it such a great choice has to do with its formation. Many stones are mined as large as three carats with no inclusions. That enables jewelers to fashion ornate rings, pendants and earrings with eye-catching gems. A blue topaz ring, for instance can have a rather large setting stone and still not cost the buyer an exorbitant price. Yet, that is not to say that topaz cannot hold a uniquely high value.

For the purest and most flawless of topaz stones there can be a valuation of up to a thousand dollars per carat. Still, the average is closer to less than half that price. But before diving in to a pricing scale, a buyer might want to know a few more facts about the ring he or she will buy. Topaz is the birthstone for the month of November. It is the twenty-third wedding anniversary gift and often is associated with nobility and royal blood. Throughout history, many civilizations have held beliefs that the stone bestowed special insight or power upon the wearer. Even if that is not true, it still looks great in jewelry.

For anyone looking to buy a blue topaz ring, there are a few guidelines. First, in this age of Internet shopping, the best idea is to browse online retailers for rings. Even if, in the end, the ring is bought in a hard location from a real person, gathering details online will help inform the purchase. Interested parties should know that good topaz receives ratings just like any precious stone. There are many topaz rings that sell for less than one hundred dollars. When that is the case, the purchase price is usually for the band-often white gold-and the stone have no significant value. Such a ring can be quite stunning, but the stone was likely not true topaz. Instead, expect to pay between three hundred and seven hundred dollars for a high quality cut of topaz.

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