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Handcrafted 15¾ct Topaz Ancient Egypt Sun God Ra Magick #60285

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Handcrafted Genuine Natural Russian Fifteen and Three-Quarter Carat “Fan” Cut Red Topaz Semi-Precious Gemstone.  Mounted into high quality solid sterling silver pendant (not cheap silver plated).

ORIGIN:  The Ural Mountains, Siberia, Russia.

CLASSIFICATION:  Bright Red Russian Topaz “Fan” Cut Semi-Precious Gemstone.

SIZE:  Length:  22 1/4mm.  Width:  17 1/4mm.  Depth:  9mm (thickness).  All measurements are approximate.

APPROXIMATE WEIGHT:   15.68 carats.

NOTES:    Default chain is silver electroplate 16, 18, 20 or 24 inch (provided free).  Sterling silver chains are also available in lengths from 16 to 24 inches.  14kt solid gold pendant setting together with 14kt gold fill and solid 14kt gold chains in lengths from 18 to 24 inches are available upon request.

DETAIL:  In the ancient world topaz came from Topazion, an Island in the Red Sea now called Zabargad. In the ancient world, topaz was thought to protect against evil and to the ancient Egyptians, the sparkle of topaz symbolized "Ra", their sun god.  Here’s a magnificent, sparkling, vibrantly hued red topaz semi-precious gemstone from the Ural Mountains of Russia.  Gorgeous and vividly hued, this striking semi-precious gemstone is of very high quality and possesses breathtaking luster.  It has been hand cut into a sparkling, brilliant, faceted “fan” cut semi-precious gemstone with lots of flash and depth.

As you can see, this is an exceptionally good quality gemstone.  Certainly to the eye it is nothing less than perfect, it is truly a beautiful, sumptuous, and regal-sized semi-precious gemstone.  The setting is of high quality manufacture, and is constructed of solid sterling silver, and can be reset into 14kt gold if requested.  The default chain is silver electroplated 24 inch.  However we do have solid sterling silver (as well as 14kt gold and gold fill) chains available in lengths between 16 and 24 inches available upon request.

Though both pink and red topaz occur naturally in Siberia, it generally tends to be a bit lighter in shade than is the case with this specimen.  So I suspect that it’s likely (though not certain) that it was heat-treated, and heat-treating gemstones is generally no more uncommon than heat-treating bread.  In fact the practice of heating gemstones to enhance their natural color has been practiced for thousands of years.  There are even surviving written accounts of the practice almost 2,000 years old.  The gemstone was hand crafted and faceted by a Russian artisan, part of a centuries-long heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia. 

Under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted.  The coarseness of the handcrafted finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or to detract from the value of a gemstone.  These characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today''s cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-faceted gemstones.  Unlike today’s computer controlled machine produced gemstones that approach flawlessness in a perfect finish, the cut and finish of a handcrafted gemstone such as this is the cultural legacy passed onwards by artisans who lived centuries ago.  

This gemstone has great luster and sparkle, and to the eye is completely transparent, but one cannot say with absolute certainty that it is absolutely flawless. True, any blemishes it possesses are not visible to the naked eye, and even at 600% as in these photo enlargements here (or under a 5x jeweler’s loupe) there are no discernible flaws. However we hesitate to use the word “flawless”, as sooner or later blemishes will show up at higher levels of magnification with almost every natural gemstone. An absolutely flawless gemstone is very rare in nature (and usually turns out to be synthetic).

However the gemstone can be characterized at a minimum, to use trade jargon, as "eye clean". To the eye it is indeed without blemish.  However close examination with a jeweler’s loupe will however reveal occasional blemishes within the gemstone (as is the case with most any natural gemstone), as well as slight irregularities in the faceting and finish.  Naturally these characteristics are expected of hand-finished, natural gemstones. However for most, the unique nature and character of hand-crafted gemstones such as this more than makes up for the slight blemishes and irregular finishes which by and large, are only noticed under high magnification.

HISTORY:  The origin of topaz in the ancient world was a small island in the Red Sea known as Topazion, a Greek term meaning “to guess”.  The island was typically obscured by fog, making it difficult for early navigators to find.  Typically yellow, topaz in the ancient world was held as a talisman to protect against evil and was used to treat many different ailments including asthma.  The ancient Greeks believed topaz would give great strength to whomsoever wore the stone, and was also worn as an amulet to ward off enchantment,  In ancient Egypt the golden glow of yellow topaz symbolized "Ra", their sun god.  There are also many references to "topaz" in ancient texts, including numerous references in the Bible.  It is believed that the topaz of modern mineralogists was unknown to the ancients.  Rather, that the stone called topazios was the mineral chrysolite or peridot.  Likewise, the "topaz" referred to in the Old Testament was most likely chrysolite.  Topaz is found in yellow, orange, green, blue, red, and white (colorless) hues.  Topaz is one of the hardest minerals in nature, and for that reason, highly valued as a gemstone.



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