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Posted in response to Utah Topaz from Anne Nishioka on October 16, 2012 at 15:25:18:

Re: Utah Topaz

The main reason for fading is direct sunlight. My advice would be to not leave your pieces lying on the kitchen window sill or other places where the sun could possibly bleach them. I know Amethyst can fade over time but I believe it takes awhile. All too often I will see Amethyst geodes displayed in storefront windows. At that point I want to stop and ask them kindly to please remove them from the window display. Of course it is not my business so I don't. As for Topaz fading, I am uncertain if in fact it does. If your crystals are somewhat flawless internally you could have it/them faceted. They make beautiful faceted gems. I in fact just finished one for my sister and it is a real eyecatcher. You could possibly have it/them wirewrapped into a pendant I suppose. There are some very talented people out there that could do that for you. As for removing the matrix I believe I will leave that for someone else with experience to help you with.

From Ward - October 17, 2012 at 00:02:59

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