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Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, #700
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2014
Item : #700
Design : Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut
Origin : Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 19.1, 26.9, 3.8, 3.8 Carat
Clarity : Slightly Included
Size : 17.2, 19.2, 8, 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fantastic suite of Flinders Island topaz cut from the client's own rough that they found when they visited the island on a fossicking trip. These particular topaz from this location are known as 'Killiecrankie Diamonds'. They are very fine gems and the smaller princess cuts are a matched pair.

Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, #700
Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, #700
Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, #700
Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles / Princess Cut, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, #700

 

Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
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Stone : Silver Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2014
Item : #679
Design : Kiss Of Venus (Doug Menadue)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 12.2 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12.4x12.4x10.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This beautiful silvery white topaz is the VERY FIRST one I've cut in my new design, the "Kiss Of Venus". This design I created in honor of the beautiful celestial dance between Venus and Earth. Check out the design for more info. This gem is a ball of fire out in the sunlight, totally dazzling and fireworks exploding out of it. It is fantastic! The design is a high-top dome and would be perfect as a ring or pendant. A very fine gemstone and totally unique.

Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679
Silver Topaz, Kiss Of Venus, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #679

 

Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
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Stone : Silver Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2014
Item : #680
Design : Lone Star
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.2 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10.2x10.2x7.4 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : I LOVE this design! I really should cut it alot more then I do. Actually I should do a whole series of stars and other frosted designs. I love them! This one is a beauty and I hear from folks that the five pointed 'lone star' has special significance with the state of Texas (any Texans out there that can share something about this? :-). This is a beautiful silvery white natural topaz that I personally dug at O'Briens Creek in North Queensland, Australia. It is a fine stone and really is very eye catching. How many nicely cut five pointed star gems out there do you see? Something a bit different and special.

Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680
Silver Topaz, Lone Star, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #680

 

Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
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Stone : Topaz
Item : #c14
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Design : Concave Square Cushion
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.1 carats each, Matched Pair
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 10 x 10 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : These gems are a great matched pair of topaz and would be perfect earring stones. Concave cut which produces a very pleasing effect and lively action.

Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14
Topaz, Concave Square Cushion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c14

 

Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
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Stone : Topaz
Item : #c20
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Design : Concave Iris
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.6 carats each, Matched Pair
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 7.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fine matched pair of O'Briens Creek topaz. Lovely and bright, concave cut which creates an iris-like effect. Beautiful topaz gemstones.

Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c20

 

Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
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Stone : Topaz
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Item : #c9
Design : Concave Trillion Fancy
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 7.1 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 13 x 13 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Here is a nice, bright topaz that has been concave cut in a fancy trillion design. I think it would make a wonderful pendant stone and would be quite eye catching. The design is interesting and would certainly be something a little different.

Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9
Topaz, Concave Trillion Fancy Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c9

 

Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #500
Design : French Calibre
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.7 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7 x 7 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This wonderful topaz is cut in a classic diamond style called the French Calibre. This design, originally for diamonds, is well suited to clear silver topaz and it has been optimised for this particular material. This gem was cut as part of a suite of gemstones, with #502 being a matched pair of stones suitable for earrings or studs. Together these three stones make a fantastic, bright suite of matched gems. These gems should fit a standard setting without any problems.

Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500
Topaz, French Calibre, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #500

 

Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
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Stone : Topaz
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Item : #c4
Design : Concave Iris
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.3 carats each, Matched Pair
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 8 x 8 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fine matched pair of topaz. I personally hand dug the rough at O'Briens Creek which is a renown location for top quality topaz. The design reminds me of an Iris and the crown comes to an apex, it does not have a flat table. Ideally I think these gems would make great earring stones.

Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4
Topaz, Concave Iris Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c4

 

Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
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Stone : Topaz
Item : #c51
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Design : Concave Trillion
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.5
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 6.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a very fine topaz that thas been cut in a concave trillion design. The pattern effect is very eye catching and pleasing to see. The gem does have a touch of blue which makes it very appealing.

Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51
Topaz, Concave Trillion Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c51

 

Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
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Stone : Topaz
Item : #c15
Hand Dug By : Doug Menadue
Design : Concave Oval Checkerboard
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.3 carats each, Matched Pair
Clarity : Very Slightly Included / Eye Clean
Size : 9 x 11 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : An excellent matched pair of silvery topaz from O'Briens Creek. They should fix a standard sized setting without any problem.

Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15
Topaz, Concave Oval Checkerboard Cut, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #c15

 

Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #523
Design : FVS80A
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 19.2 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 16x16x12.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : An exceptionally bright and flashy topaz from O'Briens Creek. This is a nice big gem and the design is a top performer. There are several very fine silver needles inclusions. A dynamite gemstone!

Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523
Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523
Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523
Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523
Topaz, FVS80A, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #523

 

Topaz, Supernova, O'Briens Creek, Australia, #484
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #484
Design : Supernova
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 6.8 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 12.5 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very bright silvery white topaz from O'Briens Creek. The design is one of my favorite ovals, the Supernova and it really works well in Topaz. The gem is clean and a good size.

Topaz, Supernova, O'Briens Creek, Australia, #484
Topaz, Supernova, O'Briens Creek, Australia, #484
Topaz, Supernova, O'Briens Creek, Australia, #484
Topaz, Supernova, O'Briens Creek, Australia, #484

 

Topaz, Antique Phi Flower Dome, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #323
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #323
Design : Antique Phi Flower Dome (Doug Menadue)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 13 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 13 x 13 x 11 mm
Price : Avaliable through the Green Gem Foundation

Comments : This is a big beautiful topaz that I cut for the Green Gem Foundation. The topaz has 177 facets and is full of light and sparkles. This gem is available for sale through the Green Gem Foundation and all proceeds go to that cause.

Topaz, Antique Phi Flower Dome, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #323
Topaz, Antique Phi Flower Dome, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #323
Topaz, Antique Phi Flower Dome, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #323

 

Topaz, Jill's Dilemma, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #326
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #326
Design : Jill's Dilemma (Jeff Graham)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 11 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 13.5 x 15 x 9 mm
Price : Avaliable through the Green Gem Foundation

Comments : This stunning topaz is cut in an eye shaped design so its a little different and bold. It is a very bright stone and has a touch of blue about it. It is available through the Green Gem Foundation.

Topaz, Jill's Dilemma, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #326
Topaz, Jill's Dilemma, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #326
Topaz, Jill's Dilemma, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #326

 

Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #296
Design : Bar Round (Bob Keller)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.5 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12 x 12 x 8.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fine O'Briens Creek topaz cut in a very interesting round "bar" cut. Kind of like a round version of the well known rectangular "Smith Bar" design. It creates a very effective and eye catching pattern and works very well. I think it would make a great pendant stone set in white metal. The gem is very bright and silvery white.

Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296
Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296
Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296
Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296
Topaz, Bar Round, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #296

 

Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #457
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #457
Design : Octagon Spike
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.4 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 6.2 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This fine O'Briens Creek topaz is cut in a variation of an Octagon step cut. It has a stepped design all the way around until you get to the culet where the facets look like compass spikes. It is a very nice and interesting design and works well in topaz. This topaz actually has just the faintest touch of natural champagne colour however it is not that apparent until you put it beside a pure silver topaz. Something a little different.

Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #457
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #457
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #457
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #457

 

Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
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Stone : Natural Champagne Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #404
Design : The Trouble With Tribbles (J. Rowland / Robert W. Strickland)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 19 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12.5 x 12.5 x 10.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Here is an exceptional natural champagne topaz from O'Briens Creek. The saturation is fairly light but the soft champagne colour is quite definite in person. The gem is very bright and lively, and I think the lovely champagne colour gives it a certain sophistication. This particular champagne colour is not that common here on the O'Briens Creek gemfield and are certainly scarcer then natural blues. This is truely a very fine gemstone.

Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404
Natural Champagne Topaz, Trouble With Tribbles, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #404

 

Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #476
Design : Square Brilliant Crown Radial
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.1 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 11 x 11 x 8.5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Here is a very fine O'Briens Creek topaz. The gem is bright and white with lots of flash and fire. The design creates a fantastic radial sunburst effect and makes for a very lively gem. This gem is nice and clean and a very good size.

Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476
Topaz, Square Brilliant Crown Radial, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #476

 

Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205

Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #205
Design : Yin-Yang (Fred Van Sant)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.75 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 10 x 10 x 6.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This lovely topaz is cut in the wonderful Yin-Yang design. Its a nice, simple stone that looks great. There are several small needles in the gem.

Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205
Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205
Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205
Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205
Topaz, Yin-Yang, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, Australia, #205

 

Topaz, Signature #3, Stanthorpe, Australia, #473
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #473
Design : Signature #3
Origin : Stanthorpe, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 18.7 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 17 x 12.8 x 11 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very fine topaz gemstone cut for a collector who found the stone around Stanthorpe. This is a very bright gem with a touch of champagne colour. The Signature #3 design works very well in topaz and is one of my favorite rectangle cuts. A very fine gemstone.

Topaz, Signature #3, Stanthorpe, Australia, #473
Topaz, Signature #3, Stanthorpe, Australia, #473
Topaz, Signature #3, Stanthorpe, Australia, #473
Topaz, Signature #3, Stanthorpe, Australia, #473

 

Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #351
Design : Spider (Bob Keller)
Origin : O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 12 carats / 25 carats set
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 16 x 16 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : The spider is back! Here is a beauty... its a well cut spider in an O'Briens Creek topaz. The topaz is nice, clear and with a little touch of blue that you can't really see in the pics. The pics show alot of grey but that is just coming through from the smokey glass surface. The "hand-shots" show how clear and silvery white the gem is. This stone is ideal for a totally unique pendant or as a ring. Its about the same diameter as a gold sovereign that you often see set into a ring. It is a relatively thin stone so it will have a low profile. I have seen it set as a pendent in yellow gold and it looks amazing. Catch a spider by the thread... :-)

17/11/2011 * This piece has been set in 9K yellow gold by a great jeweller in Cairns, Graham The Jeweller. This is a top piece of workmanship, handmade, nice and solid and I like the simple design alot. This is a beautiful pendant, totally unique.

Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351
Topaz, Spider, O'Briens Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia, #351

 

Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458
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Stone : Topaz
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #458
Design : Octagon Spike
Origin : O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.6 carats each
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 6.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A pair of bright silvery white O'Briens Creek topaz. Beautiful matching stones ready to be set.

Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458
Topaz, Octagon Spike, O'Briens Creek, North Queensland, Australia, #458

 

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Information For precious and semi precious gemstones

Stone : Topaz / Blue Topaz
Moh's Hardness : 8
Origin Locations : O'Briens' Creek, Mt Surprise, North Queensland, Australia; Oban, NSW, Australia; Africa; Minas Gerais, Brazil; Texas, USA; Russia; Afghanistan; Madagascar; Cornwall, England; and others.
Treatments : None to Various
Weight : Ranges from < 5 grams to 1KG+. Commonly found < 20 grams
Clarity : Eye Clean to Included
Color : Clear silvery white, natural blue, treated blues (eg. london blue, electric blue, swiss blue, sky blue), yellow, red-brown, red, pink-red, violet, green
Cleavage : Perfect
Chemical Composition : Al2[(F,OH)2/SiO4] - fluor containing aluminum silicate
Refractive Index (RI) : 1.609 - 1.643
Density : 2.49 - 3.57

Birthstones : Topaz (Yellow/Golden) is the birthstone for November.
Blue topaz (natural or treated) is the birthstone for December.
Topaz is the zodiac stone for the sign of Sagittarius.
Topaz is the ayurvedic birthstone for November.
Blue topaz is the stone for the 4th anniversary
Topaz is the stone for the 23rd anniversary

Comments : The history of topaz is a long and ancient one and the gem has long been used as an ornament and jewelry stone. The name "Topaz" is thought to come from the name of an island in the Red Sea formerly called Topazos but now Zebirget. Topaz was mined here on this island. Another possible origin of the name Topaz is that it comes from the Sanskrit word "tapas" which means "fire" or "heat". This could be due to the yellow/red colour that topaz sometimes occurs in.

Many people believe that topaz comes only in yellow and this is true, it does come in yellow. However fancy colors like yellow, reds, oranges and pinks are actually quite rare, so is the very beautiful natural blue. My personal thoughts on why yellow has become closely associate with topaz, in the same way that blue is associated with sapphire, is that in historical times the technology or ability to differentiate between types of stones was very limited. Yellow quartz, now known as Citrine, is quite common in many parts of the world and I believe that alot of yellow topaz was actually yellow quartz. Today we have the ability to tell the difference between the various types of stones but one still has to be cautious in the marketplace and buy from a reputable dealer as there is still the potential for confusion.

Topaz makes an ideal jewelry stone as it is hard and very durable. It cuts well into brilliant designs and becomes a gem that has lots of scintillation and "fire". If I was pushed to pick a personal favorite of all the gemstones, I would probably have to give
natural blue topaz the nod. It is a stone that I love to cut and the colour, though soft, is divine. Truly it is! The soft blue colour is for me, the most elegant of blues, soft and delicate, sometimes ethereal, sometimes icy like the blue in an arctic iceberg. It is cooling on a hot day, fresh and light and always cheery and pleasing. Each stone is unique in its coloring, some have more blue, some less. The colour is easily as beautiful as aquamarine and in truth, far better then the vast majority of aquamarine that is in the marketplace.

Sadly, with the advent of modern gemstone treatment technology, natural blue topaz has taken an undeserved fall from popularity. Irradiation and heating is now routinely used to change the clear silvery white topaz into a uniform array of vivid treated blues. These stones have the trade names of london blue, electric blue, swiss blue and sky blue. The colour is the same for each category and this is the material that you see in jewelry stores across the land. It is cheap and plentiful whereas the natural blues are scarce and relatively expensive. This sudden mass explosion of treated blues dealt the natural blues a blow and that is sad, for these natural blues are easily one of the most beautiful gems in the world of coloured gemstones. Blue sapphires might be the Queen of Gems, but if there is a Princess of Gems, she would be a natural blue topaz.

 

 

 

 

 

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