Topaz, or it’s big name of ‘Fluorosilicate of Aluminium’ (10 points if you get that into a conversation today!) is a colourful, much loved family of gemstones. Topaz exists in nearly all hues and it’s colouring elements are chromium and iron. Large topaz crystals can be found which can make this gemstone reasonably affordable, the exception to this being Imperial Pink Topaz for which you’ll have to beg, steal or borrow!
Topaz is the birthstone for November and has a hardness of 8 on Moh’s scale making it well suited to the job. My favourite gem of info however, is that in the Middle Ages it was thought to ensure faithfulness, and when taken in wine, cured insomnia! So there you have it, covers all bases I think!
These beauties are sterling silver hoops with blue topaz briolettes, the right kind of casual dressing up to my mind.