Northern Lights Mystic Topaz displays a stunning and shimmering rainbow effect with vivid, mesmerizing colors. This flaming kaleidoscope is considered one of the most beautiful new gemstones introduced during the 20th century.
Topaz is derived from the Greek word "topazion," which stems from the Sanskrit "tapas" meaning fire. This blazing gem has long been associated with the Egyptian island of Topazios, now known as St. John's Island, found in the Red Sea. While the Old Testament had biblical scriptures referring to topaz, their true discovery is pre-historic and without definite dates or places. The first modern-day topaz gems were yellow crystals discovered in 1737 in Germany. Topaz has a clear luster and perfect cleavage, a quality it shares with diamond. It reveals a distinct play of colors. This transparent to translucent gemstone is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. The Northern Lights Mystic topaz is produced using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating process which is applied to top-quality natural white topaz. The treatment is permanent with normal wear. This process induces an iridescent appearance. Beaming with brilliance, this gem is named in honor of the "northern lights" or Aurora Borealis effect. Mystic topaz made its first appearance in September 1998 at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair. Since its exhibition at the Tucson Gem Show in 2003 this stunner has seen a dramatic increase in popularity.
Topaz has been mined in Brazil, Burma, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Russia and Sri Lanka. We acquire most of our topaz from the mines of Minas Gerais in Brazil, a major supplier of this gem. Mystic stones receive an ultra-thin special reflective coating to bring forth their spectacular rainbow effect. They are available in a variety of colors, including: northern lights, Neptune garden, ecstasy orange, mango magic, flamingo pink, peony pink, pure pink. We source this topaz gemstone from Brazilian mines.