In addition to being diamond experts, we are admittedly huge gem nerds. November is Topaz month so we wanted to share some of our favorite topaz facts. Because we have such a thing as "favorite topaz facts".
(Hint: treasure lies at the bottom of this post.)
"Topaz" is related to the Sanskrit word "tapas" meaning "fire", and also to the Hebrew word for "orange fruit". Yes, she's one sexy mineral, that topaz. In case you care, the chemical formula is Al2SiO4(F,OH)2 - Little Birds get excited about such things. Topaz is a popular alternative center gem choice for an engagement ring. It is an 8 on the mineral hardness scale, meaning it is more durable than other popular engagement ring gems like amethyst, aquamarine and peridot, but less durable than sapphire. Topaz is also very cost efficient. It's plentifully found in many non-conflict areas. To boot, topaz comes in so many unique colors - all of them glimmering through a very translucent crystal structure. While some precious gems appear opaque or cloudy, topaz is known for being intensely clear.
So, yes. We love topaz. However, Little Bird does not wholeheartedly recommend topaz for an engagement ring center stone. A ring with diamond, sapphire or no gems at all has a far better chance of standing the test of time. I mean, who wants to fall in love with their stunning topaz engagement ring, just to chip it in 5-15 years? It’s not guaranteed that a topaz center gem will eventually be damaged, but you run a much higher risk. Therefore, we are going to celebrate topaz in true Little Bird style: with a “Just for Fun Topaz Ring” Giveaway! Yep. It's easy - just check out the instructions below.