TOPAZ is the gemstone representing the 4th and 19th wedding anniversaries. The name topaz comes from Topazios; an island in the Red Sea. In 15th century Rome, topaz was used to detect poisons, calm anger, and break spells. Christian's believed topaz stood for uprightness; and to Hindu's, topaz worn above the heart prevented thirst and assured long life, beauty, and intelligence. The Greek's felt topaz gave them strength and was used as an amulet against harm.
CARE OF MYSTIC TOPAZ JEWELRY
1) For manufacturing:
Mystic Topaz should be handled with the same care as opals and pearls. Therefore, education is the key to success at this stage.
a) When setting the enhanced gemstones into the jewelry, the manufacturer should take care in the training of the employees.
b) It is advisable to polish the mountings before setting the gemstone; i.e. when setting the jewelry, all manufacturing work should be done to the jewelry prior to placing the enhanced gemstone into the setting. This will assure no damage is done to the enhanced gemstone, and
c) The finished mounted piece should not be exposed to acid, ultrasound and/or steam cleaning.
2) For Jewelers and Customers:
Again, it must be emphasized that Mystic Topaz should be handled with the same care as opals and pearls.
a) The thin film treatment applied to gemstones producing beautiful iridescent colors that are quite durable and hard. The treated layer is only microns in thickness; it is not deposited in thick layers.
b) If the wearer utilizes care, the enhancement will last the life of the jewelry setting.
c) However, the enhanced gemstone should not be exposed to any abrasives, acids, or immersed in an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasonic cleaners may contain a pickling solution that would cause damage to the enhanced surface of the gemstone.
d) Abrasive cloths may scratch the enhanced surface of the gemstone. This may not remove the treatment, but scratching the optical surface will effect the reflection of light traveling through the gemstone. This influences the color and clarity of the gemstone.
e) High heat may adversely affect the refractive index: eliminating color-intensity. Heat should NOT be applied to the enhanced surface of the gemstone.
f) Cleaners: We advise to use only cleaners that are safe for pearls or opals; more specifically, "Windex" and "Jewel Brite" to clean the enhanced gemstones. A mild soap and water rinse also works well. Simply wash off the dulling surface oils and blot dry with a clean paper towel. This will restore the colors to their original luster and brilliance.