Blue Topaz - December birthstone
If you were born in December, your birthstone is the Blue Topaz. Blue Topaz is an icy cool blue stone that is quite common and therefore very affordable and available in a wide range of styles, cuts, and sizes. It has long been a popular choice for jewelers, who find the stone very flexible. Jewelry buyers love the fact that Blue Topaz looks great with gold, silver, and platinum and makes a very affordable addition to any outfit.
In the past, topaz was associated with a number of special powers. The ancient Egyptians thought that the Topaz contained the color of the sun god Ra. For the Egyptians, the topaz was a charm against harm. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make its owner invisible in an emergency and could also imbue its wearer with great strength. They believed that the gem was associated with the sun god Jupiter. Some believed that the topaz could get rid of enchantment or change color to alert its owner of poisoned drink or food.
Some believed it could improve eyesight, insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages
In the past, the Blue Topaz was a very rare stone. However, in the 1970s, a special process was developed that has made this stone very popular and accessible. The process involves irradiating and heating colorless topaz. Colorless stones are mined in China, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Brazil and are cut before being sent for color treatment. When the stone is exposed to electrons, pale Blue Topaz stones are created. When the stone is exposed to neutrons during the process, dark Blue Topaz gems are created. These dark blue stones are sometimes called London or Super Blue. Depending on the process an desired results, it can take minutes or even years to make a Blue Topaz. In 1998, a new process was used on topaz. This new process created a surface-enhanced topaz, which boasted bolder colors such as blue, greenish-blue, and emerald green. Today, this process is still very popular and is used to make some of the more vivid gems on the market.
Since Blue Topaz is affordable and common, many jewelry designers experiment with this stone. This means that if you are shooing for Blue Topaz, you have a wealth of choices to choose from. You can find Blue Topaz stones in almost every jewelry style and every cut. You can also find Blue Topaz jewelry that ranges from the very inexpensive to the very ornate and luxurious. If you want a large, dramatic stone, you can probably afford a large Blue Topaz more readily than most stones.
Topaz is a durable, hard stone. That and its affordable price makes it ideal for everyday wear. However, although the gem is hard it can be cracked in half with a single blow. If you have a large Blue Topaz, in particular, protect it from steady pressure and sudden knocks. If your Blue Topaz jewelry needs cleaning, use a gentle dish soap and warm water. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush behind the stone, where the setting can collect grime.