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Natural occurrences of blue topaz are quite rare. Usually, colorless, pale yellow, gray or blue material are heat treated and irradiated to produce the darker blue desired stone.
Did you know that blue topaz is also the state gemstone of Texas in the United States?
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December's alternate is Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis was known as sapphire in ancient times, which is the name used today for the blue corundum variety of sapphire. Lapis was also used in the Taj Mahal in India.
Did you know that powdered lapis lazuli was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra?
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