A Bit About The Piece:
White topaz pear shape stud earrings set with a halo of spessartite garnets.
The Center Stones: Topaz
- faceted laser-cut pear shapes
- stone measurements: 11.5mm x 8.1mm
- white topaz
The Side Stones: Spessartite Garnet
- 16 Standard Round Brilliant Cuts on each
- stone measurements: 1.7mm
The Setting: Prong Set Basket Halo Push-Back Earrings
- 10kt yellow gold, solid
- friction-back posts
- 5.71 grams combined total weight, including backs
Topaz, the birthstone of November, is known to come in a variety of colors. Stones can naturally be yellow, gold, brown, pink, white/colorless, and light blue. Specific tones of blue such as "Swiss blue" and "London blue" are achieved through irradiation treatment. Vibrant pink, violet, "mystic topaz," and green topaz are the result of coating natural colorless topaz in titanium and other materials.
Ranking 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, topaz is highly scratch resistant and great for everyday wear. It is important to note, however, that topaz is easy-cleaving and cannot withstand sharp blows. Most topaz jewelry can safely be cleaned with chemical jewelry cleaner, but we recommend cleaning coated topaz jewelry (such as "mystic topaz") with care. Certain coatings can be more delicate than others. Warm water with mild soap and a soft bristled toothbrush should not harm coated topaz if not brushed aggressively.
While it might be common belief that all garnet is red, this is nothing more than a misconception. A wide variety of garnet species exist with stones coming in every color, including stones that visibly change color under different lighting conditions. Some species, like the traditional brownish-red "almandine" (which used to be referred to as "almandite), are more common. Others, like the brilliant green "tsavorite" and "demantoid" varieties, are far more rare, commanding higher prices in the trade.
Because the term "garnet" does not refer to one single species of stone, care instructions vary. Green demantoid garnet requires the most care, sitting at 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Red almandite and pyrope, orange spessartite, and green tsavorite are known to be harder varieties, ranking a durable 7.5 on the hardness scale. While other varieties fall somewhere in between, most are durable enough to wear without any special care or mind. Garnet jewelry can safely be cleaned in chemical jewelry cleaner unless otherwise noted on the label.