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Topaz - Sold

The name topaz derives from the ancient Greek topazion, meaning to seek, apparently in allusion to the Island of Zabargad in the Red Sea, Egypt; a hidden location known for its peridot, which was formerly called topaz. The mineral name took on its modern definition by the Renaissance as evidenced by Gesner.

This is a fine gem crystal of topaz, essentially water clear, with only minor veils towards its cleaved crystal base. There is a small chip on its edge halfway down the crystal. The color is a light sherry color, and the complex termination shows etching, somewhat wormlike. These are highly prized in Burma and have become outrageously expensive there.