Both topaz and citrine were found on an island in the Mediterranean called Topazios in ancient times. The most common topaz colors are brown, yellow, yellow-gold, and orange, all very similar to the shades of citrine.
Topaz was often used to promote wisdom in its wearer, which may explain the medieval custom of giving topaz rings to heads of state, diplomats, and royalty.
Nature rarely produces a blue topaz. However, in the 20th century, due to the advent of safe enhancement technology, blue topaz has become available and a popular gemstone for jewelry. Most blue topaz is colorless topaz that has been irradiated and heat treated to produce its blue color. The blue color created by this treatment process is permanent and stable under normal care conditions.
Blue topaz comes in light to deep blues, which are valued and priced according to the beauty of their color. The more saturated the color, the higher the price.
With their beauty and affordable prices, topaz or citrine are gems that any wise buyer can enjoy.
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