Mystic Topaz is the ultimate gemstone cocktail, beautifully combining brilliance with a kaleidoscope of colours. It is also known as Rainbow Topaz, Titanium Topaz, Alaskan Topaz and even Caribbean Topaz. Although the gem features a rainbow of colours, its dominant colours are purple and green.
For all its beauty, it is important to know that the colours in Mystic Topaz are man-made by applying a coating to the outside of the gem. Although the company that created this process claim that it is a permanent treatment, over the past year I have had several customers say that it can be damaged. What I have discovered is that the coating must not be heavily scratched and must be kept away from strong chemicals, which in some circumstances can negatively effect the appearance of the coating. That said, if treated with a little more care than normal, the appearance of the gem should prove to be permanent.
As the real beauty of the gem lies in its magical colours, it is ideally suited to cuts that have a big table facet. Octagon and oval cuts bring this gem to life and if the pavilion is concave cut, the effect becomes even more mesmerising. Topaz is surrounded in a wealth of folklore and legends: many of these are detailed under Topaz elsewhere in the Learning Library.