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The Texas State Gemstone: Blue Topaz

blue stone on white surfaceTopaz is the Texas state gemstone

as well as the birthstone for the month of November. It occurs naturally in many colors including blue, orange, brown, green, pink, beige and red. Colorless topaz, a common variation, can be treated by irradiation to produce a wide range of shades of blue. Thus treated, blue topaz is one of the most popular and widely used of all gemstones.
Blue topaz was adopted as the state gemstone as the result of legislation approved March 26, 1969. The same legislation also named petrified palmwood as the state stone.

blue topazThe above blue topaz sample, which illustrates the popular “Lone Star” cut, was provided by C. Kirk Root Designs of Austin. It is displayed about ten times actual size.

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