We couldn’t let December go by without a mention of one of the most beautiful and unusual birthstones of this month – Tanzanite.
When you think of Tanzanite a gorgeous blue gemstone may come to mind. However, the unique thing about Tanzanite is that is can appear differently when see under different lighting conditions. The blues appear more evident when subjected to fluorescent light, then appear more violet when viewed under incandescent illumination. Like a diamond in the rough, Tanzanite’s reddish brown ‘veil’ must be removed using heat to uncover the blue violet of the stone.
Discovered by Manuel de Souza in 1967, its official name, ‘Blue-violet Zoisite’ was thought not to be consumer friendly enough and was renamed by Tiffany & Co in 1968 after the country in which it was discovered, Tanzania. The name reflects the gem’s limited geographic origin, being mined in just an eight square mile area near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The American Gem Trade Association must have recognised the true individuality and allure of Tanzanite, as in 2002 they added it to the list of December gemstones – the first alteration to the list since 1912!
Tanzanite is one of the very small number of gems that has risen to stardom within the past century. Tiffany & Co are credited with this accomplishment, as well as the desirability of Tanzanite’s stunning blue hue. They called it “the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2000 years.” So beautiful, in fact that it has quickly become the second most popular blue gem after sapphire. I’m sure you, like us, can see why!
This exquisite ring is White Gold set with Tanzanite and Diamonds. The original piece was a pendant and was bought for this lady as a gift from her mother. Unfortunately she didn’t really wear necklaces so instead we used these beautiful gemstones to create a ring and earrings. If you have an inherited piece of jewellery at home that is close to your heart but needs updating, please get in touch with us via the contact form on our website and together we will bring it back to life.