I was looking at my Mason topaz rough recently (rough is what topaz is called when it comes out of the creek,) and realized that I one of the pieces was a pale pink. Pink- the rarest of the topaz colors. I was excited and jumping around- I finally had a piece of pink Mason topaz.
This is one of the first gems that's been faceted from that rough. The gem is very large, 14.73ct, as I was trying to get as much color as I could. However, this is a Lone Star brilliant cut, and brilliant means that color will be sacrified for brilliance. It is way pale, but extremely beautiful. There are some eye visible needles, but you have to look hard to see them. The topaz is mounted in a sterling silver solitaire pendant and suspended from an 18 inch sterling wheat chain. $1650.00
The wine is from our local winery, Sandstone Cellars. Don Pullum signed the bottle for me at the Release Party. Yummy.
Texas Blue Topaz - the Texas State Gemstone
Topaz is the Texas state gemstone as well as the birthstone for the month of November. It occurs naturally in many colors including blue, orange, brown, green, pink, beige and red. Colorless topaz, a the most common variation, can be treated by irradiation to produce a wide range of shades of blue. Thus treated, blue topaz is one of the most popular and widely used of all gemstones.
Blue topaz was adopted as the state gemstone as the result of legislation approved March 26, 1969. The same legislation also named petrified palm wood as the state stone. It occurs naturally in many colors including blue, orange, brown, green, pink, beige and red. It is especially common in the East Texas Piney Woods region and along the Gulf Coast.
Topaz has fascinated human cultures for hundreds of years. It occurs in many colors, not just blue, and is used in jewelry because of its hardness and beauty. The intense blue color of this topaz specimen is natural. Many times it also has inclusions, or imperfections, inside the gem. Look closely at this specimen, and you'll see clear through to the other side. It is very rare to find a large topaz like this one so clear, and with natural blue color! Blue topaz is found in Mason County, though not all topaz locations have blue.
This hard gem is an aluminum fluorisilicate Al2[F/OH2/SiO4] and is next in hardness to carborundum and diamonds (two of the hardest natural minerals around). Until the 1950s, topaz was generally known as a yellow or golden gemstone. Since then, routine radiation and heat treatment of pale-colored topaz to turn it blue has changed the modern public's perception of this gem. Constructed of atoms of aluminum, silicon, fluorine, and oxygen, topaz usually is colorless to pale blue or yellow -- although pink stones can be produced by heating the golden brown topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil.
Thomas Range topaz obtained their color from natural radiation during their formation in vent pipes which trapped volatile gases in cavities within the host rhyolites. When unearthed they glow with a vibrant sherry color and with exposure to direct sunlight for awhile will generally turn clear. The sunlight (also UV radiation) reacts with the color centers in the topaz crystal structure displacing electrons which in turn change the color. However, some locations do produce topaz that fade to a beautiful pink color. Some topaz are "tougher" than others and do not have as weak a cleavage plane as the Thomas Range topaz which usually they cleave with a flat top. A favorite location for the mineral collectors and rock hounds is called "The Cove" on the southern end of the Thomas Range.
Wear topaz only if you wish to be clear-sighted: legend has it that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight as well! The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. Its mystical curative powers waxed and waned with the phases of the moon: it was said to cure insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages. Topaz is the birthstone of November.
THE LARGEST GEM QUALITY TOPAZ FOUND IN NORTH AMERICA CAME FROM MASON COUNTY. IT WEIGHS JUST SHY OF THREE POUNDS. FOR MUCH OF ITS LIFE IT HAS BEEN IN THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, BUT RECENTLY IT HAS RETURNED TO MASON FOR DISPLAY IN THE MUSEUM ON THE SQUARE IN MASON.
Yep, it's the real thing 42 - 4mm x 4mm square star cut or 18.70cttw Mason County Topaz set in to a 14kt yellow gold line bracelet. Come in and see it for yourself.
For you special order types here come 4 studs that you can't believe. I have a good friend that wanted something for a once in a lifetime event:
The request was for tux shirt studs. I constructed them from that new argentium silver It's sterling with a little something extra, germainium. which gives it much better tarnish resistance and better hardness:
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