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Ostroblue Topaz

Started 1321981512.063 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1322441986.493 by Jersey Born

Do some of you have this color stone, and if so, how do you like it? Does it look real, or is the color too intense or electric to look genuine? I am on the fence about it - love the look of it but I was thinking it looks quite enhanced. I know the story Jane has been telling about the man who hoarded it, but it sounds like a sales pitch.

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champagnep­oodle1321991153.585575 PostsRegistered 9/26/2011

My neighbor is a QVC jewelry junkie and has an Ostroblue ring. It looks like blue clored glass in my humble opinion. I would opt for London Blue

stevieb1321992466.2629066 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007

It's pretty... a brilliant 'cornflower' blue. My issue with it is that apparently in order to get that color requires stones that are quite large. Whenever you pair an unsual color with a large stone I think credibility suffers..., but that's just my opinion. I'd love to have one, but was hoping for a smaller version than anything that seems to be currently an option.

DebbieDD1321993110.4778109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

I agree. The combination of the color and size looks glassy and fake, IMHO. I love the electric color but would likely opt for the swiss blue instead.

catlvr1321999316.3535819 PostsRegistered 5/5/2005

I have this ring and I absolutely love it. The combo of the topaz and the chrome diopside is amazing. It is an astonishing blue but then I love blue/turquoise colors.

catlvr

RedJade81322009818.5732339 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007St. Louis

I have the large emerald cut ring and thing it is gorgeous! It is an unusual but vibrantly beautiful blue color. As for credibility or considering it a fake, I know it is real, I love the color, so I am happy with the ring. It depends upon what you want from a stone.

NovaStar1322012250.641323 PostsRegistered 11/9/2010

Haven't seen it in person. But reminds me of electric blue topaz. I already have several blue topaz rings. Otherwise I'd consider it.

To those who have it, enjoy.

kachina6241322015815.8615907 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

I have an Ostroblue ring in a large emerald cut. From the depths of my jewelry box I also found a ring with a large blue pear cut stone surrounded by "diamonds". I have no idea where I got it or how much I paid for it but the color of the stones is identical. I think the Ostroblue is just a Swiss blue topay with a lot of hype.

Fluffy-21322150838.463339 PostsRegistered 8/3/2011+ 4464 Posts since Aug. 2009

It looks too intense, too electric in my opinion. I prefer classic shades of BT.

Nadjalu1322277541.2771955 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007

I have the first one they aired, the 16ct emeral cut and LOVE IT!

In no way does it look fake. It is classy, intense in the color and a wonderful fit to be that large.

The color is more of an electric blue than any of the others, and I have them all. The Ostro, stands alone as my favorite. It gets attention far more than any others (and I have the London Blue heart that JR did for the Smithsonian).

If you like the color it won't disappoint.

Fortune1322293604.6572396 PostsRegistered 8/5/2009

Hi, tdog! I have item J159915 and I love, love, love it!! I wear it all the time and the stone is just the right size. The ring does not turn. I personally don't think the stone looks fake--maybe because it is set in gold and isn't such a contrast with the topaz. Also, it is a smaller stone. I hope they come out with more astroblue in smaller size stones!

tdog1322338470.8432257 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007

Gorgeous ring, Fortune!! I wish I could afford it for myself! I have recently been getting into blue stones and that ostroblue color is quite striking. I may treat myself to a Christmas present and get something.

lboone1322341591.91140 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007Winterville, GA

A quick google search reveals this:

<h1>Ostro Minerals first to receive license from NRC to distribute Blue Topaz</h1>

Blue topaz-specialist, Ostro Minerals Schweiz AG, has bagged the first license issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) allowing it to distribute neutron- and electron-irradiated blue topaz in the US market.

"This license allows Ostro Minerals to provide clients with cut topaz - fully qualified for US sales, after testing by its affiliate, Ideal Source Quality Assurance LLC," the company announced.

Sometime middle of this year, the NRC tightened its licensing requirements, announcing that it would forbid the sale of topaz in the US through any unlicensed outlet. Since no entity held an NRC license at that time, orders coming from the US market have dried up, dealers in Asia told Jewellery News Asia.

A number of companies distributing blue topaz in the US market are now awaiting licences from NRC.

Source: http://www.jewellerynetasia.com

Lisa

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tdog1322345093.7932257 PostsRegistered 12/4/2007

The Nuclear Regulatory Committee is involved in the gem industry? I had no idea. Is it to control the type of materials used for irradiating? I know most gems are treated to enhance their color, but then why would a collector hoard a certain type if they can be irradiated to get a special color - would that not lower their value to a collector? Or is just a special type of topaz able to turn that ostroblue color?

kachina6241322361645.73715907 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

Since there is no date specified on iboone's article, I wonder if it could be referring to the London blue? I think Ostro Minerals developed it also and it is definitely irradiated.

Fluffy-21322389214.273339 PostsRegistered 8/3/2011+ 4464 Posts since Aug. 2009

I think it looks more pretty in yellow gold.

Jersey Born1322441986.4934878 PostsRegistered 3/7/2008

Here is some information on blue topaz irradiation from Ostro Minerals:

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