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How much is topaz worth?

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The market value of topaz varies greatly, ranging from approximately $8 to $749 per carat as of September 2014. Its worth is determined by a number of factors such as weight, color, clarity, cut and shape. A gemologist must appraise the gem to provide an exact estimate.

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Topaz is found in over 21 colors, including varying hues of yellow, orange, blue and pink. The clarity of topaz heavily influences its value; over 10 clarity values exist to determine its worth. As of September 2014, the gem is most valuable in 30 carats of light reddish purple, worth approximately $1,393.06. The least valuable incarnation of topaz is 1 carat of colorless topaz, worth $7.77.

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