How is Topaz Valued?
The value of topaz has fluctuated over the years. The gem is valued based upon a number of factors. The color of the gem plays a large part in calculating how much the topaz is worth. Rare pink and red stones are considered to be high in value, closely followed by orange and yellow.
Orange and brown stones are often considered to be more common. Of the blue topaz family, London Blue Topaz is thought to be the most valuable and desirable. The London Blue has a deep blue hue with a touch of green or gray glinting through.
Factors of Topaz Value: Clarity, cut and carat
Clarity, cut and carat also play their part. As is often the case with precious stones, “eye-clean” gems are considered to be more desirable. That said, inclusions don’t always detract from the overall attractiveness of the gem.
Cut-wise, topaz is usually cut in an elongated fashion, with the cushion cut and elongated oval cuts are common (emerald cut London Blue Topaz rings are a popular choice too).
The carat of the gem equates to its weight – the heavier (bigger) the carat, the more expensive the price tag. However, for gemstones the price tag does not exponentially change with carat weight as it would with diamonds.