AZGem Gems
July, 2008

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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Topaz Gems In Jewelry


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Topaz gems in jewelry is the subject suggested by the questions "Is topaz a good jewel for a ring?". and "Is it as good as my sapphire from Africa?"

The quick answers are... yes, and... we'll discuss African sapphires next month.

Topaz gems in jewelry look great because topaz is a bright, lively gem.

Topaz gems in jewelry wear well because topaz is hard (rated 8 on the Moh's scale). Topaz is the hardest of the silicate gemstones.

Topaz is available in many colors, both natural and enhanced. Some of the rare, natural colored gems are very expensive and in demand by collectors. Natural red topaz is one of those rare and expensive varieties.imperial topaz

Imperial topaz (see photos above and right) is a peachy, toasty, pinkish-orange color. Some people refer to this color as precious topaz... and others refer to yellow topaz as precious topaz.

Topaz is the birthstone for November. Generally this brings to mind the imperial and yellow colors, but a November baby has my permission to use any other colors they wish.

Blue topaz is also recognized as a December birthstone. There are many shades of blue topaz, and almost every stone is enhanced to achieve that color.

blue topazThe most popular shades are (left) Swiss Blue and London Blue, which is a darker and more steely color to my eye.

The first enhanced blue on the market was Sky Blue, which looks similar to aquamarine. This color is popular as well.

Pink topaz and white (colorless) are not seen as often as blues, but they make beautiful jewelry as well. (Photos near the end of this article.)

Diffusion treatment offers a host of colors. Several years ago, we participated in diffusion treatment research with another company. We have a modest inventory of these stones that Idiffusion blue topaz have never offered to customers. A mentor counseled me on several occasions to "not fall in love with your merchandise," so they are now available to you. Send me an email for details.

Mystic topaz is the rainbow effect stones. The metallic display of multiple colors is achieved by a microscopic coating of titanium. I do not have any mystic topaz.

pink topazTopaz gems in jewelry is a good thing:

The stones are beautiful
There are many colors available
Large stones are available

Topaz gems are very affordable

Topaz gems in jewelry is an excellent choice.white topaz

I keep topaz gems in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes available because of their popularity. Send me an email and tell me what you want.

Do you want a great deal on topaz gems? We mine topaz in Tanzania and buy finished pink and imperial topaz from Brazil. My prices are the best around.


Click on the box... and have Google start putting money in your bank account!

imperial topaz or blue topaz or similar search terms return a number of internet listings and ads for your information and convenience. Enter a search phrase in the Google search box below




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Gem Industry News...


Paraiba, The Place and/or The Color


In the March issue of this newsletter, I mentioned that many gemstone vendors at the 2008 Tucson Gem Shows were using the word paraiba to describe color.

Now the owner of a Paraiba, Brazil, mine that produces copper bearing tourmaline is involved in a legal tussle with the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) over the use of the word.

Can copper-bearing tourmaline gems from Nigeria and Mozambique be described as "paraiba tourmaline?"

Can other varieties of gemstones with blue or green color similar to copper-bearing tourmaline from Paraiba, Brazil, be described as "paraiba tourmaline?"

Letters, threats, charges and counter-charges seem to be flying between attorneys.

You can find links to news accounts covering the different stages of this cat fight by performing a Google search using the keyword phrase paraiba lawsuit.


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Jewelry Dealers


A recent article in a JCK newsletter focused on the importance of keeping your customers. The article made the point that you can reduce expenses by  selling (again) to those you have done business with before.

To quote a snippet from the article...

"Keeping your best customers loyal to your store can be a cost-effective way to increase business when compared with the expense and effort of attracting new customers, said Kirsten Darrow, marketing director of Fred Meyer Jewelers."

The point is just as valid for dealers that do not operate a brick-and-mortar store.

While many of you develop new customers and thereby grow your business through referrals from existing customers, other methods that entail more out-of-pocket expense are used by many. 

Jewelry parties, exhibiting at flea markets, and traditional advertising can be effective ways to recruit new customers, but they all carry a cost.

New sales to your existing customers can sustain you in business... and provide the funds needed to recruit new customers and grow your business.


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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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