‘Tis the season for coats and jackets, hats and scarves, and most importantly, December’s icy birthstone, blue topaz! Here’s a fun little fact about this blue-hued gem, that seems more than appropriate for the holiday season – blue topaz is a symbol of eternal love.
|Kate, William, and George arriving in NZ, Photo Credit: www.dailymail.co.uk|
Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Baby George are officially on tour in New Zealand, and the Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing as usual, just stepping off the plane in a double-breasted red military-style coat by Catherine Walker. We don’t know about you, but post-flight we’re lucky to look even remotely stylish in our yoga pants, hoodie, and sneaks.
We all know that Kate had her choice of any of the Queen’s jewels for the tour (lucky!), but in true Kate-style, she showed some local love to New Zealand jewelers Tory & Ko. The brand’s designers sent four of Kate’s favorite pieces, in hopes that she’ll wear them in New Zealand during her tour.
Kate’s selection included a pair of blue topaz bow earrings, a cultured pearl and diamond necklace with matching earrings from the bespoke collection, and a pair of citrine bow earrings from the Pretty Collection.
|Kate’s Selection of Tory & Ko Jewelry, Photo Credit: www.eonline.com|
For jewelry similar to Kate’s Tory & Ko faves, check out our Honora collection, the largest importer of freshwater pearls in the US, our Swiss Blue Topaz Earrings, and Citrine and White Topaz Earrings.
|Swiss Blue Topaz Earrings in 10K White Gold and Diamond Accents|
|1 1/4 ct Citrine and White Topaz Earrings in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold|
Blue Topaz is December’s birthstone and one of the more popular colored gemstones on the market today. Find out more about this cool creation and slip some well-informed hints to the gift givers in your life.
BLUE TOPAZ FACTS AND FLAIR:
Blue topaz has become one of the most popular gemstones on the market today, due to its clarity, durability, availability and affordable cost. Yet it is a shade of topaz rarely found in nature. The stone’s watery blue color is most often created through a combination of heat treatment and irradiation.
Topaz is one of the well-known pegmatite minerals that also includes beryl and tourmaline. Blue topaz is the birthstone for December – and is also the recommended gemstone for couples celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.
Most blue topaz starts life as a colorless or slightly tinted topaz from places like Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and China. It is then irradiated (to incite the color change) and heated (to stabilize the change). The result is a permanent aqua shade. Despite the stone’s exposure to irradiation, experts say it poses no health hazard whatsoever to the wearer.
Topaz holds the distinction of being the gemstone thought to have the widest rage of curative powers. According to legend, the stone can dispel enchantment and improve the eyesight. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz is also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
With a ranking of “8” on the Mohs scale of hardness, blue topaz is exceptionally strong and durable and well-suited to everyday wear. However, it should be protected against hard blows that can split, crack or chip it.