The American Golden Topaz

  • The following is a comment made by Ed Borgatta on June 27, 2010, with respect to our blog webpage on "The American Golden Topaz" written and posted by me on May 12, 2008.


    Ed Borgatta
    June 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm
    There is a major error in the identification of the contributors of the American Golden Topaz to the Smithsonian Museum. The identifying museum card correctly states:
    “Gift of the Rockhound Hobbyists of America through the efforts of the six regional federations of minerological societies and Drs. Marie and Ed Borgatta, 1988″ The Borgattas were the major contributors of the Topaz.

  • In our account on the "American Golden Topaz" under the main heading "History of the American Golden Topaz" and sub-heading "The Processing of the American Golden Topaz and its donation to the Smithsonian's NMNH" we have inadvertently identified only the Rockhound Hobbyists of America, as the purchasers and donors of the enormous golden topaz to the Smithsonian's National Museum of National History. Dr Ed Borgatta had been kind enough to point out the error committed by us, and we sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to him by our omission. As pointed out by him the museum card spells out the correct position with regards to this valuable gift.
    We reproduce below an enlarged photograph of the American Golden Topaz as displayed in the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, and an enlargement of the Museum Card at the base of the exhibit.
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  • The American golden topaz which is of brazilian origin and resides in the natural history museum of the smithsonian Institution at washington dc is the largest faceted golden topaz and perhaps the largest faceted gemstone of anykind in the world. The name of the stone seem to reflect both the continent of origin of the enormous gemstone, and also the country where it resides at present as well as the type of gemstone. The most commonly available topaz are light golden brown yellow and colorless varieties. Topaz can exist in a variety of colors such as colorless pale blue light green yellow yellowish brown orange pink and red.