Imperial Topaz Baguette Gemstone (2.8 ct) 18x5 mm Baguette Cut
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$60 In stockProduct description: The ancient Greeks believed that topaz was a powerful stone that could increase the strength of the wearer and even provide invisibility. Both the ancient Egyptians and the Romans associated yellow topaz with the Sun God. The Ouro Preto area in Minas Gerais is the source of the rarest topaz known as imperial topaz. This topaz is golden-orange to orange to pink, pinkish-red or violet in color, and can sometimes be confused with the more prosaic citrine quartz found elsewhere in Brazil. But gemologists can easily identify imperial topaz by its superior hardness, brilliance and density. Originally, imperial topaz was classified as orange with red dichroism. Nowadays imperial topaz is defined more widely to include yellow, pink, red, lavender-pink and peach-pink. Imperial topaz is a very versatile material. Therefore it can be cut into a great variety of shapes, such as square, round, octagon, pear, oval, heart and even fancy shapes. This stone came from the mines outside of Ouro Preto in Brazil.