London Blue Topaz


Topaz is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a variety of unique colors. Topaz colors include colorless, red, yellow, orange, blue, and green. London Blue Topaz is a variety of topaz that is known for its rich, sky-blue hue. The gem makes a great choice for a variety of jewelry such as engagement rings, necklaces, stud earrings, and bracelets. London Blue Topaz helps create a beautiful and timeless look when set in white gold, rose gold, or sterling silver.


Moreover, blue topaz is the birthstone for the month of December, and traditionally signifies the meaning of peace, communication, and understanding.


Where can blue topaz be found?


Though some Natural Blue Topaz can be found, it is incredibly rare and extremely expensive. Currently, stores of naturally colored topaz can only be found in Ouro Prêto, Brazil. Brazil is the the largest producer of all topaz worldwide, but it is also mined in countries across the globe.


Many high-quality blue topaz gemstones are produced by treating colorless topaz with heat radiation, which takes 3-4 years to produce the most vibrant color. All of our London Blue Topaz at With Clarity are natural gems that have been color-treated, resulting in stones with saturated color, few inclusions, and therefore higher grades. The results of this treatment are 100% natural and permanent.


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Quality Factors


When purchasing a Blue London Topaz, it is important to consider several key factors in order to make the best choice for your individual style and budget. Like many other gems, you should consider the 4 Cs when purchasing topaz: cut, color, carat, and clarity.



Cut


London Blue Topaz can be cut in a variety of ways. The most popular choices for blue topaz are round and emerald. These cuts result in stunning pieces for all kinds of jewelry. Cut plays a major role in how the gem will appear in its setting, so choosing the cut that is best suited for blue topaz is essential to achieving the most incredible results.


Round:


Round-cut gemstones are a classic cut that emphasizes the natural beauty of the stone. Round-cut gems are a member of the brilliant-cut family of stones. These cuts are designed to enhance the sparkle and brilliance of a stone. Round cut has 58 facets and is considered a timeless and elegant choice, especially for engagement or wedding rings.



Emerald:


Emerald-cut gemstones have long, rectangular bodies that contain step-like facets. These are the most popular kind of the larger family of step-cut stones. Emerald-cut gems showcase color better than many other more complicated cuts, making them an ideal choice to enhance the beauty of blue topaz. Emerald-cut topaz can also accommodate larger gems, making them suitable for show-stopping pieces of larger jewelry.



Color


London Blue Topaz is known for its stunning color, meaning it is critical to choose London Blue Topaz with high-quality color when selecting a gem. The color of a blue topaz should be rich and saturated. It should also be uniform and free of any visible inclusions.



Grading


Like other colored gemstones, London Blue Topaz is graded on a scale that includes gems that are classified from the highest grade to the lowest as AAAA, AAA, AA, B.


AAAA:


This is the highest grade for blue color topaz, but these stones are very rare and not widely available. Only 1% of gemstones worldwide meet the criteria to receive this grade.


AAA:


This grade represents a high-quality stone that offers amazing color and clarity. AAA graded stones represent the top 10% of the highest quality gemstones.


AA:


This is a more affordable choice, but imperfections can sometimes be seen in this grade of the stone. Blue topaz with this rating can still be used in quality jewelry.


B:


This grade of stone tends to be less coveted and makes up 50% gemstones.


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Tips for London Blue Topaz Ring Buyers


When selecting London Blue Topaz, you should consider both your budget and the quality of the stone you’d like to purchase. Blue topaz is more affordable than some other gems, meaning you can get a stone with more carats and a higher grade for an affordable price.


At With Clarity, we offer high-quality (AAA grade) stones at a wide range of price points. At With Clarity, our blue topaz engagement rings range in price from $400 to $2,000 and can be as large as 3.05 carats. Engagement rings can be set in 14k white, rose, and yellow gold, so you can select the look that is best suited for your needs. We also offer customizable rings in the $300-$3,000 price range, as well as pre-set rings in the $2,000-$3,000 range.


Choosing your topaz from a trusted expert will help ensure you not only get the best quality blue topaz but that you also get a timeless piece of jewelry you will love and wear for years to come.


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