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[Source] Natural Pink Topaz


#1

Hello Orchidians,

I am looking for some calibrated natural pink topaz in a matched
pair, emerald cut, for a customer, to match a ring she has. I have
discovered most pink topaz material in a 4x6 emerald cut or anything
in or near that size is treated material, and usually is a very
vibrant or a hot pink color.

I have found natural pink topaz goods, but only on the larger end of
goods, 12x16 or larger. I need some small pink stones for earrings,
and they must be natural to match in color to a ring my customer
has. Does anyone know of such a source or anywhere I look? I have
exhausted my resources and even though this is not an expensive
stone, it has become a tall order for me in retaining this job.
Thanks so much in advance for your advice. Sara

Sara D. Grinnell
Studio C Designs
C&L Gems LLC
6005 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 100
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Ph: 952 797 7777
Fax: 952 797 9065


#2

Have you considerd pink tourmaline?


#3
looking for some calibrated natural pink topaz in a matched pair,
emerald cut, for a customer, to match a ring she has. I have
discovered most pink topaz material in a 4x6 emerald cut or
anything in or near that size is treated material, and usually is a
very vibrant or a hot pink color. 

Although it is natural (not laboratory grown) material, almost all
of the natural Pink Topaz you will find has been heat treated. They
take red/orange Topaz and heat treat it to the Pink Topaz you see. I
am really not sure why, as I find the red/orange Imperial or Precious
Topaz a much more desireable color. The heat treated Pink Topaz
reminds me of light colored Pink Tourmaline, only much more expensive

  • on the order of USD$ 120+ per carat for Pink Topaz.

All that being said, I will have some of the heat treated Pink Topaz
at the February Tucson Show and I will try to make sure I have at
least a matched pair in the 4 x 6 mm emerald cut. Octagonal and
rectangular shapes are not too easy to come by in Imperial or
Precious Topaz because of the elongated shapes of the rough
crystals.

The larger pieces of heat treated Pink Topaz seem to attract the
oriental buyers - but most just look and write down the price and
size - leave their finger prints all over the stones and complain
about the price. But rarely buy one.

There may be some of the white topaz covered with a coating that has
been available as Aqua Aura and Mystic Topaz, etc. in a pink color.
I have not seen it - but do not pay attention to coated gems
anyways.

Best regards,
Robert Lowe
Lowe Associates - Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens
Tucson - February 2 - 7, 2005 - GJX # 205
e-fax: 1-240-757-6022
e-mail: USA < robertplowejr@juno.com >
e-mail: Brasil < @Robert_P_Lowe_Jr1 >