Most people think of a stunning blue gem when they hear the word topaz, but the gem actually has a wide range of colors that includes brown, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple.
There is also colorless topaz, known as silver topaz, which is used also in jewelry and is used in beautiful rings and earrings. Precious topaz is actually one of the birthstones for November, while blue topaz specifically is a birthstone for December.
Topaz is a pleochroic, meaning that the gem reflects different colors based on the direction that you are viewing the crystal from. Color is the most important quality factor for precious topaz and therefore is the greatest factor in value. Colors that range from orange to pink to red to purple hold increased value, sometimes given the name ‘imperial’ topaz. In fact, in September 2018 the Smithsonian acquired an extraordinary 48.86ct red topaz, one of the finest imperial/precious topaz gemstones in the world.