You may have read about Rutilated Quartz before; you may have even acquired a piece. Now I would like to introduce you to Rutile Topaz.
Firstly, in all of my travels I have only ever been offered two parcels of this gemstone. On both occasions, once a price had been agreed and I started to select from the parcels, I only selected about 5% of the pieces to purchase. Unlike Rutilated Quartz, Rutile Topaz only tends to have a very small amount of rutile inclusions in each gem, and to truly appreciate the wonderful appearance of these inclusions, you need quite a high concentration of them to make the gem attractive. I only select pieces where the inclusions are parallel to the table, as when this occurs their image can often be reflected off the facets on the pavilion and you get to see a wonderful mirror image.
The golden threads within the crystal white Topaz are truly stunning, but as I have only ever purchased around 30 pieces to-date, I doubt that we will ever be likely to set them in jewellery. This gemstone really is one for the collectors. If you are looking to add Rulite Topaz to your collection, but aren’t really worried about the quality, then shop around, if you are looking for top quality pieces then check GemCollector.com to see if we have any in stock.
Please note that although we refer to this gem as Rutile Topaz, the GIA (who have tested this material) believe that the inclusions don’t stem from rutile but are “open channels colored by limonite”. The material I have sourced is mined in Brazil and I have recently heard that it can also be found in Burma.