topaz


topaz

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Topaz from Minas Gerais state, Brazil—Lee Boltin

Aluminum silicate mineral, AlSiO(F,OH), that is valued as a gemstone. It is formed by fluorine-bearing vapours given off during the last stages of the crystallization of igneous rocks. Pure topaz may be colourless and, when brilliant-cut, has been mistaken for diamond. It may also be various shades of yellow, blue, or brown. Imperial topaz, with vivid reddish orange colour, from Minas Gerais, Braz., is very highly valued.

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