Monday, October 28, 2013

November's Birthstone: Topaz

Topaz Vintage Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Navette.
November's birthstone is topaz.
The gemstone topaz comes in a couple of general color hues: "imperial" or "precious" topaz in shades of yellow, orange, and pink, and the blue topaz.  When it comes to vintage glass, generally the term "topaz" refers to the color of the glass, specifically the golden yellow shades and their variants.  We have a large collection of faux topaz glass at Bumbershoot Supplies and Bumbershoot Designs.

Dark Topaz Vintage Teardrop Rhinestone Earrings.
Light Topaz Vintage Swarovski Crystal Rose Montees.
Topaz Vintage Swarovski Crystal Diamond Shaped Rhinestones.
Real topaz gemstones are often mistaken with similarly colored quartz. Smokey topaz is often mislabeled quartz. In vintage glass, smokey topaz is a unique color that has been made into many spectacular cabochons and rhinestones.

Smoked Topaz Vintage Glass Cabochons.
Light Smoked Topaz Vintage Swarovski Octagon Rhinestones.
Smoked Topaz Vintage Deco Glass Rectangles.
Sometimes we'll come across vintage glass labeled as "Madeira" topaz; so named for it's deep reddish tones, reminiscent of the wine. Madeira topaz is a color unique to vintage glass stones - it is not an official color of topaz gemstones. 

Madeira Topaz Vintage Octagon Rhinestone.
Madeira Topaz Vintage Swarovski Rhinestones.
Madeira Topaz Vintage Swarovski Rhinestones. 

Topaz is Utah's state gemstone and blue topaz is the state gemstone for Texas. Topaz has been said to be a symbol of friendship. 

Topaz Vintage Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Earrings.
Blue and Topaz Vintage Rhinestone Necklace with Dragonfly.
In 1870 Tiffany & Co. published a birthstone poem in one of their pamphlets. The poem for November goes: 
"Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November's fog and snow, 
Should prize the topaz amber hue, 
Emblem of friends and lovers true."

Topaz with Aurora Borealis Coating Vintage Swarovski Octagon Rhinestones.
For friendly inspiration, we invite you to browse our vintage faux topaz collections!

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