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mineral data

Mineral: topaz
Gem: blue topaz
Cut: whirlpool cut
Origin: Brazil
General Info: The name Topaz is thought to be derived from the name Topazion, the old name for the island of Zebergit (St. Thomas Island) in the Red Sea. The Sanskrit word "Tapas" means "fire".
Additional Information
A whirlpool cut topaz (by author) that is a pale blue color. There are many "unofficial" names for the blue, "sierra blue", "london blue", "electric blue", etc. They are said to refer to the shade of blue produced. They are marketing names and not defined by a true particular color.

It is unknown whether or not the rough for this stone was irradiated or not. It is not unusual for rough as well as finished stones to be irradiated to improve color.