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Topaz Crystals and Mineral SpecimensByminerals
Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. It is one of the favorite colored gems in the world. It is the hardest of any silicate minerals. It is naturally found in many colors but is rarely found in pink, purple, or dark blue. The name is derived from the Greek word Topazian. It means to seek. This is a reference to the island of Sabergarh in the Red Sea in Egypt. This place has been hidden for a long time.
Topaz is often associated with fluorite, cassiterite, and beryllium. Like ‘Fool’s Gold’, there are fake topaz items. When chromium replaces aluminum in the crystal structure of topaz, the crystal appears pink or red. The most precious colors used in jewelry are pink, orange, red, purple, and blue. These colors are very rare. It is very high in minerals containing aluminum, silicon, and gaseous components.
Topaz is found in many places around the world. For years, Brazil has been the source of the world's most important topaz. The Euro Prieto and Capao mines are important sources of yellow, orange, pink, red, and violet topaz crystals in the Zero and Mineral Specimen markets. Pakistan is a notable source of pink, red, and violet topaz. Colorless topaz is found in Sri Lanka. Also in Australia, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, and Zimbabwe. Topazes are rarely found in Utah in the United States. This is called the state gem.