Monday, December 19, 2011
December Blues - Topaz and Turquoise
Topaz is mined from locations that span the globe. Naturally occurring blue topaz is very rare. While topaz can exists in a wide variety of colors, it is mostly found in a range of browns, oranges, reds, and yellows. Most blue topaz gems on the market are formed by irradiating topaz in a laboratory to create the desired blue color. However, some natural topaz of a very light blue hue is cut and drilled for beaded jewelry. It's hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale means it is a durable stone, and so suitable for a variety of jewelry designs. The stone is symbolic of creativity, individuality, and self confidence.
Choose your own preferred shade of light blue for your jewelry expressions this month, and feel in tune with the season!
Image Credit: Turquoise Beads by cobalt123 on flikr via Creative Commons, CC 2.0
Blue Topaz Mineral, Smithsonian Institute, The Dynamic Earth
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