Choose A Topaz Engagement Ring
The use of topaz gemstones dates back to very ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures. The stone makes an excellent choice for a non diamond engagement ring given its symbolism of love and fidelity. Topaz is available in several shades and colors from colorless transparency characterizing a pure topaz gemstone to yellow, reddish orange, brown and even pale blue. Sometimes pale colors are treated to get light green, pink and gold colored topaz stones. Treated stones turn brighter and richer in color. The rarest of all topaz gemstones is the pink stone.
Blue topaz is the birthstone for the month of December and is believed to have several healing properties associated with it. Birthstone engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Topaz gemstones are generally given as a gift for the fourth, nineteenth and twenty third wedding anniversaries. Topaz characterizes love and faithfulness and is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Exodus where the breastplate stones of the priests were considered sacred. The 14k white gold blue topaz engagement ring pictured here is available online at Amazon.
Topaz is ideal for an engagement ring and is believed to help the wearer by providing strength and healing. Topaz gemstones are also believed to help people with poor vision, mental problems and sleeping trouble. Some modern therapies make use of a topaz stone to help balance emotions and in aiding temper management.
Topaz is a beautiful gemstone that has not garnered much public awareness. Most people know their birthstones so they are aware that it is for the month of December; some people believe that imperial topaz is the birthstone for the month of November. The topaz name is from Sanskrit, which means fire. Topaz mines are found in Russia, Pakistan and Brazil (largest producer); topaz mines are also found in Mexico, United States, Germany, Japan, Sri Lanka, Italy and Afghanistan.
The yellow topaz on display at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. is the largest in the world weighing 23,000 carats. There are different types of topaz stones including blue topaz, imperial topaz, white topaz, mystique topaz, flamingo topaz, moonlight topaz and kaleidoscope mystique topaz. Now that’s a wide range of topaz stones to choose from for an engagement ring. Each name symbolizes the color of the stone; mystique for example, is a blend of several different colors. Green topaz is a very rare color and when found is a watery light green in its natural form.
People who choose topaz engagement rings generally opt for white topaz to symbolize purity of the union. Buying a topaz engagement ring means moving away from the tradition of diamond engagement rings. People do not want to go with tradition; rather they prefer to be unique in their choice of engagement rings. Avoidance of diamonds produced in conflict areas – so called ‘blood diamonds’ is another reason for choosing a non diamond engagement ring. Topaz rings offer a range of beautiful choice options and it is possible to find the ring of your choice with a little effort.
White topaz has a resemblance to diamonds but is different because it does not sparkle so much. It is also a more affordable option over buying very expensive diamonds. Topaz is very hard and offers durability for hard wear and tear. The 14k gold white topaz solitaire engagement ring featured at right is available from Amazon. Choosing a topaz engagement ring is an excellent choice and you’re sure to have many compliments on your unique choice of ring.
Ultimately the ring you choose, the stone and the color of the stone will be based on your personal preferences and beliefs. Remember your engagement ring symbolizes a life time of commitment, so choose a beautiful topaz engagement ring for yourself.