How to Care for Mystic Topaz
Mystic topaz has long been admired as one of the most beautiful gems in the world. This rare and exotic stone has captivated people with its beauty and mystique since ancient times, especially in Egypt and India where it was said to be worn by gods and royalty. Despite this beauty, mystic topaz has some unique requirements when it comes to care and cleaning that many people are unaware of. Here are some tips on how to care for your own mystic topaz gemstone so you can keep it looking beautiful over time.
Although mystic topaz, also known as yellow topaz, is a rare gemstone in nature, it can be produced in several forms with similar properties. Yellow topaz is most frequently created from white topaz by irradiation (exposure to radiation). However, through simulated natural processes or special methods of treatment, yellow can be made from any color of topaz. These stones are referred to as artificial topaz. To help ensure that your mystic topaz does not become damaged over time and retain its brilliance, take a few precautions when caring for your onyx stone. Check out our tips below!
Setting up your mystic topaz
Though mystic topaz has a hardness of only 6.5 on Mohs’ scale, it's still vulnerable to knocks and scratches because it is susceptible to breakage. To prevent unwanted damage, set your stone in a hinged ring or a setting with extra prongs on each side. Don't wear your topaz jewelry when doing work that could cause damage, such as washing dishes or scrubbing floors. When wearing your stone jewelry, store it separately from other pieces so you won't be tempted to mix up pieces and accidentally scratch your mystic topaz necklace by putting it in a bag with earrings or rings.
Cleaning Your Crystal
Although many people will only ever purchase one or two gems, crystal enthusiasts are often collectors. If you’re a collector, keep in mind that some crystals can negatively affect other stones if they’re placed near each other. It’s important to understand what each of your crystals can do before purchasing multiple ones. For example, putting onyx stone and mystic topaz in close proximity may weaken both stones because of their electromagnetic charge. To avoid breaking either gemstone—and save yourself some unnecessary trouble—separate them when storing your collection.
Storing Your Crystal
Mystic topaz has a Mohs hardness of 7, making it durable and less prone to damage than other softer stones. It can be damaged by household chemicals like bleach, detergents and acids. So if you do wash your mystic topaz with these, rinse thoroughly afterward and allow to air dry—do not use heat or direct sunlight. While mystic topaz is unbreakable under normal circumstances, you should still take care when handling it as rough handling could lead to chipping or cracking; wearing while exercising is a definite no-no.
Caring For Multiple Crystals
If you have multiple onyx stones, or if your onyx stone is extremely large, you’ll need to make sure that it gets plenty of light. Exposure to intense light can cause colors in mystic topaz to fade. Make sure that your onyx stones are placed in a place where they can get natural light (such as near a window) but aren’t exposed directly to sunlight. Avoid putting them in direct sunlight, which could discolor them and dry out their surfaces. When exposed to moisture and heat, some forms of mystic topaz will change color; be sure not to use ultrasonic cleaners with mystic topaz pieces and avoid placing them near other types of heat-emitting objects such as furnaces or fireplaces.