Are you planning to pop “the question” to your fiancée and buy her an engagement ring? Or do you want to give a ring to a special someone on her special day – her birthday or Mother’s Day for example? Regardless of your reason, blue topaz rings are one of the best options to go for. What follows below is our guide for buying blue topaz rings.
Though tradition puts diamond rings on a pedestal, recent trends are pointing people in a different direction. People are now opting for other precious stones outside of diamonds.
But what makes blue topaz a worthy alternative? And more importantly, how do you buy blue topaz rings? What are the key factors you need to consider?
Continue reading below our guide for buying blue topaz rings.
Guide for buying blue topaz rings
There is a unique charm to blue topaz rings that make them stand out from the rest. Moreover, blue topaz symbolizes many qualities that put it way up high among engagement ring options.
For starters, blue topaz gives off a peaceful and tranquil vibe. Moreover, it represents loyalty and lasting love. Giving this to your significant other sends the message that you are in it for the long haul.
PHOTO 1: : It’s hard not to love the peaceful and tranquil vibe of blue topaz rings. In our guide for buying blue topaz rings we recommend either a rhodium plated 925 silver or a white gold setting for the gemstone. [SOURCE: Luxuria Diamonds]
Also, topaz birthstones signify other interesting meanings. People believe that topaz also symbolizes healing and protection. Thus, people give topaz to someone who badly needs calming and healing.
One of the main reasons behind the blue topaz’s resurgence is its affordability.
Naturally occurring blue topaz is rare. Most natural stones are lightly coloured. As our Guide for buying blue topaz rings point out below Topaz is fairly common. The largest Topaz producer is Brazil. Other sources are in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and the U.S. (California, Utah, and New Hampshire).
Examine the blue topaz color
In its pure form, topaz is colorless. However, impurities find their way into these gemstones, creating myriad tones. Since colors play a big role in the overall aesthetic of the ring, make sure to examine the color before you buy one.
As for the blue topaz, manufacturers developed a way to create different hues of blue. They use heat treatment and irradiation to achieve various tones of blue.
The good thing about this process is that it results in a stable and permanent color. Often, you will find it hard to detect if the blue shade is a result of the treatment or if it came from nature.
One of the more popular shades is London Blue. This color gives off a dark blue shade with some hints of green. Another favorite option is Sky Blue, which sports a lighter tone akin to aquamarine.
There is also Swiss Blue, which is closer to the sky blue color.
Check the gemstone clarity
Another important factor to consider is the clarity of the blue topaz. Most topaz stones fall under Type II. This means the stones come with other inclusions like liquids, glasses, and crystals.
These inclusions contribute to the type of clarity that you will get. But in the case of blue topaz, it falls under the Type I category. Stones that fall under this category are likely to not have inclusions that you can see with the naked eye.
And if you see a blue topaz with visible inclusions, expect these blemishes to drag down the price of the stone. Since you want to get the best value for your money, it is wise to go for a ring that doesn’t come with any visible impurities.
Understand the cut matters!
The cut of the blue topaz stone is another key factor to look into. Since blue topaz is one of the most brilliant stones out there, certain topaz cuts help highlight this particular quality.
Hence, the most popular cuts that work best with topaz are princess, round, and modern cuts. But if you want the color and clarity to stand out, stick to cuts with open facets. These are the Asscher and emerald cuts.
PHOTO 2: According to GIA, topaz is cut in a wide variety of shapes and cutting styles. Production includes all the standard gem shapes such as ovals, pears, rounds, cushions, triangles, marquise, and emerald cuts as well as designer-inspired fantasy shapes. [SOURCE: Luxuria Diamonds & the Gemological Institute of America]
Other options include the fantasy cut. This cut features large pavilion facets that come with grooves mirroring across the pavilion.
Be extra careful when examining the cuts. Poorly-cut blue topaz stones will show “windowing.” This is a washed-out section that you will see on the pavilion. Other gemstones such as Amethyst can also experience this.
Another sign of poor cutting is “extinction.” This pertains to dark patches that do not return any light. To check for windowing, raise the stone to the eye level and wave any object behind it.
If the object appears clearly, your topaz stone has windowing.
The Styles and Metals Count
If you buy your blue topaz ring from commercial sources, expect it to come in different styles. Because blue topaz stones are large, they offer more room for custom cuts.
Most blue topaz stone are set in 925 sterling silver thought white gold is another popular but more expensive alternative. Either silver or white gold complements the clean and relaxing vibe of the blue topaz. We don’t generally recommend yellow or rose gold settings, especially with lighter blue stones. This is because the setting and band can distract rather than enhance the central gemstone.
If yellow or rose gold is your thing then London Blue or Swiss Blue topaz would be better choices.
Price Guide for buying blue topaz rings
No guide for buying blue topaz rings would be complete without discussing prices.
With respect to the gemstone itself, according to GIA, when it was first introduced to the market, treated blue topaz sold for $20 to $40 per carat. But oversupply led to huge drops in wholesale prices. Today, prices for faceted blue topaz is typically down to less than US$10 per carat.
TABLE 1: No guide for buying blue topaz rings would be complete without discussing prices. The above table is faceted gemstones (only) with typical retail pricing expressed in US dollars. Wholesale pricing is significantly less. [SOURCE: The International Gem Society “IGS Gem Price Guide”, Accessed Sept 2020]
As seen in table 1 above if you are interested in darker shades of blue, expect the prices to go up. All things being equal, a London Blue topaz ring will be more expensive than a sky blue topaz ring. But keep in mind that pricing for each blue will reflect the gemstone quality.
As with all gemstones pricing reflects quality. For faceted stones London blue topaz is US$10 – $27 per carat, Swiss blue topaz is US$7 – $17 per carat and Sky blue topaz is US$3 – $18 per carat. These prices are typical US retail. Keep in mind that a significant portion of the gemstones cost is not the stone itself but the labour that comes with the cutting process.
London Blue is a current market favourite and is the most valuable shade of blue topaz. Faceted prices for the gemstone itself range from US$10 to US$27 for 0.5 to 1 carat weight and US$15 to US$25 per carat for greater than 1 carat weight. While being the most valuable shade of blue topaz, London Blue is only slightly more expensive than Swiss blue topaz.
Yes! Blue topaz is a hard stone, being an 8/10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale and therefore a good engagement ring option. In our Ultimate Guide for Buying Blue Topaz Rings we outline how color, cut, clarity and setting all need to be evaluated. Blue topaz whether it is Sky Blue, Swiss Blue or London Blue is an affordable gemstone and when paired with a natural diamond halo makes for a popular alternative to the traditional solitaire diamond engagement ring.
Ultimately, the price of a gem is what one willing buyer and one willing seller can actually agree upon. Further, if you wish to customize the cuts, the prices will go up further. Keep in mind that most of the stone’s value doesn’t come within the stone. Instead, it is from the labour that comes with the cutting process.
Despite well-established grading systems for color, clarity, and cut, any evaluation of these properties is inherently subjective. Even gemologists and appraisers may disagree about the quality of a specific blue topaz stone, so disagreements regarding gem prices do occur.IGS, USA
In case you’re on a tight budget, a good option is a sterling silver blue topaz ring. A good quality 2 carat sky blue topaz ring set in 925 silver will typically retail for less than US$100.
But if you wish to go all-out with the engagement ring, go for one that is set with diamonds. Blue topaz paired with a natural diamond or a simulated diamond halo make for a very attractive engagement ring.
PHOTO 3: No guide for buying blue topaz rings would be complete without commenting on how beautifully blue topaz pairs with natural mined diamond as seen above in the above topaz & diamond engagement ring [SOURCE: Luxuria Diamonds]
Get that Engagement Ring Today
Buying blue topaz rings is an exciting endeavour. And now that you’ve read our Guide for buying blue topaz rings you should be aware of key considerations. But if you don’t have the budget at the moment, then you came to the right place.
Luxuria® Diamonds offers high-quality simulant engagement rings at affordable prices. Our selection of stand-in rings will bring a smile to your fiancée’s face and serve as a perfect placeholder until the real deal arrives.
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