White topaz is a colourless, semi-precious gem. Its uncanny resemblance to diamonds makes white topaz a popular choice. People who love to experiment or do not want to invest in a diamond go for this semi-precious gem. It is as beautiful as a diamond, although white topaz may not be that durable.
Natural white topaz is a transparent stone and is found extensively in almost all the corners of the globe. Brazil, Afghanistan, China, Germany, Australia and Myanmar own some of the largest white topaz deposits. It is the birthstone for April borns.
Prices of white topaz stones are determined by the colour, carat, cut and clarity. Here is how it is done.
Colour- White topaz is colourless, but there are some impurities in the stone that may diminish its value. If you are looking out for a diamond alternative, find the white topaz stone that is clear and doesn't have any inclusions.
Carat- Carat, as we know, is the weight and size of the white topaz and it is directly proportional to its pricing. It is up to you to decide this factor. Before determining the size of the stone, remember that if there are impurities, they will be more evident in bigger sizes.
Cut- White topaz can be cut in various shapes. Square, round, octagon, pear, and heart are the basic cuts, but talented artisans can also carve an exotic fish or bird out of a top stone. The smooth cuts may cost less while the ones which need a lot of attention and craft will be on the pricier side.
Clarity- White topaz also has natural impurities, just like any other stone. There are cuts, lines, spots, crystal formations and even soil trapped inside the stone. The ones with the fewest impurities will cost a lot while the ones with many will be on the cheaper side.
White topaz scores eight on the Moh's hardness index. Hence it is a hard stone but not as durable as diamond or even cubic zircon that stands at 8.5. Although it is a diamond alternative, you cannot be careless in handling white topaz. It is not scratch resistant and may break with hard blows.
White topaz is available as ready to mount on every piece of your jewellery. Rings with white topaz are extensively popular, but we can also witness delicate chains and earrings in this genre. Presently there is a rage of using these with white gold to create an elaborate necklace that can be worn on special occasions.
Fashion is all about using different accessories for each occasion. With the soaring prices of gold and diamonds, it becomes difficult for middle-class people to keep up with the trend. Hence it is apt to invest in white topaz and add in a lot of jewellery so that you stay sorted for all events.