This gorgeous topaz is completely natural–no treatments of any kind. It comes from a 2013 find in Colorado. This color would typically be referred to as “precious” or “Imperial” topaz, although the saturation is fairly low. I simply find it beautiful. Some light colored topaz can fade with exposure to sunlight, and this topaz can fade slightly with exposure to strong sunlight–although its been stable indoors for the last two years. The color actually shift slightly with the lighting: In daylight and incandescent light the gem shows a stronger pink tone to the peach tones; under fluorescent light, it shifts to a more pale orange-tan tone.
I cut this topaz in my “Helena” custom brilliant oval design and the resulting gem is extremely brilliant in the hand. The gemstone is large at 15.19 carats and measures 16.1 x 13.6 x 10.2 mm. It would make an excellent center stone for a pendant. This gem is internally flawless with no inclusions visible with a 10x loupe.