White Topaz vs. Diamond. What Should I Choose?
Are you finding the perfect engagement ring for your plus one to be? Are you confused between diamond and white topaz? Let’s draw a comparison between the two gemstones and analyze their qualities to know more about them! So, stay tuned and walk through this article with us till the end.
Highlighting Their Main Differences:
|Diamond’s prices are sky-high.||It costs fairly low as compared to diamonds.|
|The key quality of a diamond is that it is clear and has a unique sparkle.||White topaz has a decent sparkle but less than that of a diamond.|
|They need to be cleaned gently once in a while.||It needs professional cleaning after a certain time period.|
|On the Mohs scale of hardness, a diamond is given a ten on 10.||On the Mohs scale of hardness, white topaz is given an eight on 10.|
Now you know the key differences between a diamond and white topaz, so this will give you a better idea of what you want in a gemstone and which of the two suits your preferences better.
The three main things that will influence your decision are budget, sparkle, and quality.
If you want a gemstone that is durable and good for everyday wear, then diamond should be your pick. Topaz is prone to getting scratches and dirt, and because of the accumulation of substances and dust, it will become cloudy with time.
Are you on a tight budget and thinking of buying white topaz because it resembles a diamond? Well, white topaz has many features similar to those of a diamond, but it has some visible differences. For example, the shine of white topaz isn’t even close to that of a diamond. Moreover, the shiny texture of white topaz becomes dull in a few days. On the other hand, Diamonds retain their stunning appearance and brilliant shine for a lifetime.
We saw some basic properties of a white topaz above, but now let’s dig into more qualities of it to get to know the stone better!
What is White Topaz?
As depicted by its name, white topaz is a variety of topaz that is colorless or transparent. Topaz is actually a silicate mineral, and its purest form has a milky white color. Its rarity is less compared to diamonds, and it is available in a variety of colors such as colorless, brown, blue, and light yellow.
Blue topaz is the most popular among all of the other topazes.
To obtain colored topaz, the pure topaz is gone through a process that gives color and saturation.
Blue topaz is obtained by intensely heating the colorless topaz. Coloring the topaz stone blue incredibly shoots up its worth.
There is a certain and undeniable disadvantage associated with white topaz: it loses its shine with time. Moreover, it also accompanies some maintenance costs with it as you will have to get it cleaned by a professional every now and then. The shine and brilliance of the gemstone will remain only if you get it polished by a professional regularly. Even getting it cleaned frequently won’t completely retain its shine. By and large, white topaz will dull its shine, and you really can’t do much to retain all its sparkle.
The edges will smoothen and wear down due to bumps on them.
What Is a Diamond?
Needless to say, almost every girl in the world will love herself a diamond!
Diamonds are actually highly pressurized carbon and are found in the Earth’s crust. Diamonds come in colored and non-colored forms but are unattainable because they are insanely expensive.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) assesses the quality of diamonds and then ranks diamonds accordingly. Diamonds are extremely popular in the luxury jewelry market. The quality of a diamond is assessed on four factors that are known as “The 4 Cs”. The Cs corresponds to clarity, carat, color, and cut. If any three of these characteristics have really good quality, the diamond prices will shoot high!
Furthermore, diamond prices also vary because of some factors, such as its shape and how it reflects light. A diamond with an excellent cut and transparent color will have an exorbitant price compared to a diamond that doesn’t have a good finishing and has some color on its surface.
Comparing the Inclusions of Both Gemstones
Diamonds and topaz both exist with inclusions like all other gemstones. Inclusions are flaws or imperfections in a gemstone that are caused at the time when they are being formed; these inclusions can even be minerals that are trapped in the gemstones during formation. It is thought that the better the inclusions, the better it is. Diamonds are popular because of their clarity and brilliance, but if there are scratches on their surface, the clarity is lost; hence, the price of that diamond decreases. The prices of those gemstones shoot down that have inclusions on them, except in the case of emeralds; Inclusions in emeralds add to its uniqueness!
If you look on the bright side, inclusions can make a highly-priced gemstone affordable for you. Even if you are purchasing a diamond with inclusions, you are, after all, still purchasing a diamond! If you can compromise slightly on the clarity of the gemstone, then you can easily opt for a stone with inclusions!
A smaller stone is more capable of hiding imperfections of a stone than a large stone. Keep in mind to go for a tiny stone when you are purchasing one with flaws. Smaller-sized stones will hide the defects easily.
Comparing the Beauty of Both Gemstones
The beauty of these gemstones is usually compared on the basis of two features: brilliance and fire.
What is brilliance?
When used in terms of jewelry, brilliance refers to the amount of sparkle that a stone reflects. It is basically the light that shines from the center of the stone. The cut of the stone can deeply affect its brilliance. The brilliance is directly proportional to the value of the stone, and therefore the cut of a stone is can greatly impact its price. Diamonds are known to have extremely high brilliance because of their cut and sparkle! While topaz has a good amount of brilliance, but not the same as of a diamond, plus its sparkle also wears down over time.
What is fire?
Fire is used to describe the hues of colors that are visible when a gemstone sparkles. Diamonds break white light into seven different colors and display all these colors separately. Simply put, the white light is broken down into rainbow colors, and this property of the diamond has made it extremely popular among the masses.
On the other hand, white topaz has a lower refractive index than a diamond’s, so it won’t refract light the same way a diamond does.
Comparing the Metaphysical Properties of Both Gemstones
Topaz is used to give off vines of inspiration, hope, peace, and harmony. It is believed that wearing topaz will increase your self-confidence and provide you with personal growth! Now that sounds amazing.
Diamond symbolizes power because of its hardness. It is known to provide courage and bravery to its wearer.
Q) Can you tell the difference between diamond and white topaz?
Ans. White topaz reflects less sparkle as compared to diamonds.
On the other hand, Diamonds have a bright, shiny, and intense sparkle that is visible from afar. White topaz is prone to getting dirty and losing shine because of the accumulation of dust particles. It gets cloudy with time. In terms of hardness, white topaz is rated an eight on ten while diamond is given a ten on 10.
Q) Is topaz a real diamond?
Ans. Topaz is not a form of a diamond. Topaz is a naturally occurring stone, and so is a diamond. They are organic substances that are found and mined from deep within the Earth.
Q) What stone is better than a diamond?
Ans. It is generally believed that the gemstone called ‘moissanite’ has more brilliance and shine than a diamond. It has a different cut and is known to refract lighter. Moreover, it has more sparkle because it has a different cut than a diamond.
Q) Is topaz hard enough for an engagement ring?
Ans. According to the Mohs scale of hardness, topaz is rated an eight on 10, close to a diamond’s hardness rating. Its hardness is sufficient to make it suitable for an engagement ring.
Q) Is white topaz a good diamond substitute?
Ans. White topaz will not have the same hardness and shine like a diamond, although it may have a similar appearance because both are colorless and sparkly. It is not really a substitute for diamond.
Q) What is the price of white topaz per carat?
Ans. You can buy it for around $5 to $50 US Dollars.
Q) Does topaz chip easily?
Ans. Topaz is brittle and easy to break and chip on impact.