Topaz — The November birthstone of European royalty

Topaz is a gemstone with magical colours, originating from the Red Sea island of Zabajad, because this island is often covered in fog, not easy to find, so it is also known as “TOPAZIOS”, Topaz also has its own English name “TOPAZ”, meaning “hard to find! Topaz”, meaning “hard to find”. So, after the discovery of Topaz, it has been respected by many countries, and was once the existence of the same name as diamonds.

In the 18th century in France and Spain, topaz and diamonds were set in many royal jewels, and in the early 19th century, France and Britain started a wave of topaz jewelry, leading the jewelry wave, and many royals and aristocrats were proud of their topaz inlays. The popularity of topaz reached its peak in the Victorian era.

Everyone from Princess Kate to Camilla was a fan.

Princess Kate is a well-deserved fan of the topaz and owns several pairs of blue topaz earrings, with the most frequently seen pair being a pair of simple stylised designs.

Many of Kate’s topaz earrings are by jewelry brand KiKi McDonough, and according to the British press, Kate has worn a total of 12 pairs of KiKi McMonough earrings, worth a total of £29,990.

It’s possible that the younger generation of princesses have opted for this trope, such as Meghan’s more compact cushion-cut blue topaz earrings from Canadian jewelry brand BEECHIC.

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary’s topaz earrings are larger, deeper shades of blue, from jewelry brand ANNIKAT.

More senior jewellery “players”, the queens, are also fans of topaz, but they tend to treasure the rarer pink, orange topaz. For example, Camilla, the new Queen of England, has a pink topaz in the centre of her five-strand pearl necklace.

The Duchess of Cornwall’s five-strand pearl necklace has a clasp with an oval pink topaz in the centre. The necklace has a pair of matching ornate earrings, each set with an oval pink topaz in a leaf-shaped diamond design.

Camilla often wears it to daytime events such as weddings or horse races, usually with simple pearl earrings, and only on a few very formal occasions does she wear it and matching earrings with her luxurious Greville Tiara.

And Queen Sonja of Norway is not to be outdone with her modern-inspired orange topaz crown set, an absolute rarity in the royal jewelry collection, with a futuristic design that looks like a queen’s crown from a sci-fi movie.

It was a 60th birthday present from her husband, King Harald, and it’s a super cool design that not only has a sci-fi look, but also has an interchangeable centre stone, with three versions — diamond, green tourmaline and orange topaz. As the jewelry set also includes a matching necklace and earrings, the main stone of the necklace can also be changed to the main stone of the crown, making it the “Transformers” of jewelry~.

The Luxembourg royal family has a beautiful yellow topaz crown, set with two strands of pearls and several topazes in the base, and a yellow topaz necklace and earrings. It’s not flashy enough, but it’s fresh and chic, especially for young ladies.

What are all the treasured topaz stones?

Because topaz is a multidirectional colored gemstone, it sometimes produces bicolor topaz, which is also a highly collectible quality, and Cartier has collected several high quality bicolor imperial topazes.

Red Imperial Topaz is the rarest and most expensive quality of topaz, with a unit price easily in the trillions of carats, and not something you can just buy on demand.

The other SHEERY TOPAZ, which is tawny or tan to orange in color, is also highly prized. The color is lighter than king topaz but the tone is brighter, CHANEL has used it as the main stone with gold and diamonds, in the brightness of the material against the backdrop of the color of the topaz is as mellow as sherry.

Orange topazes are also rare, and Camilla also has a beautiful large topaz brooch with an elaborate diamond border surrounding a huge smoky orange topaz. Such a vintage style and size could have come from Queen Mother Elizabeth’s private jewelry collection.

In addition to the present and future queens of the British royal family, the late Princess Margaret and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, were also fond of topaz, although they both collected the more delicate pink topaz.
Princess Margaret’s collection consisted of an antique pink topaz brooch from the 1860s which was sold at Christie’s after her death for an estimated £3,000–5,000 and ended up fetching ten times that amount at £50,400.

The Duchess of Gloucester Birgitte’s pink topaz jewelry all originates from Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Coronet, made by Garrard in 1914, which was originally designed to have a centre stone to accommodate a Cullinan 5 diamond, sapphire and diamond honeysuckle.

The honeysuckle crown was later given as a wedding present to her daughter-in-law Alice, who later added emeralds and pink topaz as interchangeable stones. Birgitte, the current Duchess of Gloucester, inherited the crown from her mother-in-law. As she had received a number of pink stones from Queen Mary, including the large stone at the centre of the necklace she wore, it was also a pink topaz.

It’s not just the British royal family who love topaz — Queen Silvia of Sweden has the most luxurious pink topaz set in the European royal family collection, and probably the oldest. It came from the Romanov family in Russia in the first half of the 19th century and was a gift from her mother to the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, granddaughter of Catherine the Great, and after several generations of marriages, it ended up in the Swedish royal family’s collection and has been a much-loved piece of jewelry for successive queens.

Whether you choose blue topaz jewelry for your Everyday Jewelry like Princess Kate and Princess Mary, or collect orange and pink topaz jewellery as heirlooms like the more seasoned Queen’s Jewelry collectors, it’s worth considering collecting one for wellhola jewelry’s November birthstone, the topaz!

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