Blue Topaz and gold Ring
With a hammered 24-carat gold vermeil band, the ring offers a faceted round semi-precious stone that is minimalist yet utterly sophisticated.
Although most natural topaz is actually colorless, ancient lovers of gemstones assigned the name to almost any yellow and brown gemstone. The name itself likely comes from an island in the Red Sea, which the Greeks called Topazos (it’s now named Zabargad). The stone we modernly call “topaz” was never found on Topazos, but other gems–called “topaz” by ancient peoples without mineralogy–certainly were.
The topaz is one of the stones reportedly set in the breastplate of the Hebrew high priest. The ancient Greeks thought that topaz gave them strength. During the middle ages, people thought topaz could break magic spells.
Blue topaz is one of the accepted modern birthstones for December.