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Our Antwerp office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Our Antwerp office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Our Antwerp office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Our Antwerp office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

20 April 2023 next article

Imperial Topazes, unique stones from Brazil

Dear loyal partners and stone enthusiasts,

I would like to begin this month's "Gem Stories" by thanking you for your support and enthusiasm towards my project for over two years. In this new format that will be released every month, my goal is to strengthen the foundation of this superb adventure: to inspire you through stones, encourage you to create unique jewelry, provide you with exclusive stones that have been carefully selected and cut, and also share my experience as closely as possible to the sources.

 

As you know, I travel around the world several times a year to build strong relationships with the various communities around mining sites. Since 2022, I have also been participating in international fairs that have gradually reopened. This allows me to move forward in my quest for the most beautiful stones. It also ensures authenticity and updated knowledge of the gem market that I offer to you.

In this edition, I am writing about my recent trip to Brazil. Last December, I visited the Minas Gerais region. My main goal was to get closer to brokers and extraction sites of three fascinating stones: imperial topaz, green beryl, and the famous Paraíba tourmaline (the last two will be the subject of upcoming "Gem Stories").

Imperial Topaz is not well known in our market, but it is one of the most sought-after stones in the world. Its color ranges from yellow, orange to pink. The most coveted tone is an intense pink highlighted by a hint of orange that gives it exceptional warmth and power.

 

This stone forms in elongated crystals, usually quite flat and with the color concentrated at the ends. That's why you often see imperial topaz cut in a very elongated shape.

 

The only source of this stone is located near Ouro Preto, a splendid colonial town perched in the hills of Minas Gerais. Its extraction began about 40 years ago. Nowadays, the mines are officially no longer in operation. However, local stone seekers are still able to find some crystals in the riverbeds. This allows for very limited access to this stone even today.

Imperial Topaz is, therefore, a rare stone, and its availability is likely to disappear in the coming years. It can, in some cases, be heated, but this is not the norm (unlike other blue and green topazes, which are irradiated). It offers a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, making it an ideal stone for all types of jewelry creations.

 

At Taymans Fine Gems, we have a beautiful collection of imperial topazes. Let yourself be guided in the selection of this extraordinary gem with flamboyant tones and unique character. It even appears that this stone is known to develop clairvoyance and intuition

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