Mystic Topaz

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Sometimes, man's imagination is able to create things that even Mother Nature couldn't dream of. With its dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, mystic topaz first appeared in September 1998 at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair, but it took a few years for designers and high-end jewelry manufacturers to realize its unquestionable charm. Mystic topaz begins with a natural topaz gemstone that was created millions of years ago, that is then made even more beautiful and desirable with the assistance of modern technology. The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process deposits a thin film onto part of the surface of a white topaz gem, creating an eye-catching rainbow effect as light passes through the gem, which results in an unbelievable array of colors.

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Mystic Topaz Classification
Common Name Mystic Topaz
Species Topaz
Mystic Topaz Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire Value: 0.014
Refractive Index 1.609-1.617
Birefringence 0.008-0.01
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism Unobservable
Mystic Topaz Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 8
Specific Gravity 3.490-3.570 Typical:3.530
Toughness Good
Inclusions Mystic topaz is a type II clarity stone. Stones have a coating on the pavilion or crown of stone There might scratches of treated surface of the stone that show colorless areas underneath. Stones sometimes contain long tube-like cavities containing liquid, healed fractures and areas that look like they are starting to cleave. Stones might include 2-phase and 3-phase inclusions some of which contain more than one liquid that have not been mixed. Surface treated green topaz is blue green in appearance and looks spotty there might also be blue color concentrations in surface reaching fractures.
Luster Vitreous
Stability Fair
Fracture Conchoidal
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction
Mystic Topaz Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name aluminium silicate fluoride hydroxide plus titanium coating
Chemical Formula Al2(F,OH)2SiO4 + Ti coating
Crystal System Orthorhombic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Mystic Topaz Colors

  • Black Mystic Topaz Black
  • Pink Mystic Topaz Pink
  • Orange Mystic Topaz Orange
  • Multi-color Mystic Topaz Multi-color
  • Gray Mystic Topaz Gray
  • Blue Mystic Topaz Blue
  • Bi-color Mystic Topaz Bi-color
  • Yellow Mystic Topaz Yellow
  • White Mystic Topaz White
  • Red Mystic Topaz Red
  • Green Mystic Topaz Green
  • Colorless Mystic Topaz Colorless
  • Brown Mystic Topaz Brown

Countries of Origin

Unknown; Sri Lanka; China; Namibia; Brazil; Nigeria; Thailand; India

History

This colorful beauty begins with a natural topaz gemstone that is millions of years old. Modern technology makes it even more beautiful and desirable with a process that deposits a thin film onto part of the surface of a white topaz gem. This creates an eye-catching rainbow effect as light passes through the stone. The result is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. The result is mystic topaz. The result is... almost magical!

Care

The coating that gives this stone its rainbow should not be re-polished, scratched, or chipped. Gentle rinsing in warm water should be all you need to keep it bright. Keep your mystic topaz free of perfumes, lotions, and chemicals.

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Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewelry Television® (JTV), as well as a member of the company's Board of Directors. He oversees and leads all aspects of the company's powerful omni-digital retail platform that uniquely specializes in fine jewelry and gemstones. His passion for business and gemstones has led him to become a recognized expert in the field of gemology. He is a life member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and has earned Gem-A's highest degrees, the Gemmology (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) diplomas. He is also a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has also completed GIA's Graduate Diplomas in Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls. Under his leadership, JTV has become the leader in the sourcing and selling of color gemstones and jewelry.

This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.