Tanzanite – The Magnificent Gemstone

The cheapest stones are nice but you wonder what all the fuss is about until you see the violet/blue at its best. It is then you know what a magnificent stone this tanzanite is. It is simply superb and you want to just turn it around and gaze into it.

Discovered in 1967, tanzanite is a variety of zoisite and it looks a lot like sapphire and in fact when it was first found it was thought to be sapphire. In gem speak 1967 is yesterday! How could such a wonderful gemstone be found so recently?

The stone is a natural crystal which is yellow through to reddish brown in its natural state. But it needs heat and lots of it to make it a fantastic blue colour. Story has it that after a lightning strike some Massai herdsmen found this beautiful blue crystal stone in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania.

True or not the fact is it isn’t found anywhere else on earth and since it was only found recently it is in short supply, or at least the best quality stones are.

Two years after it was discovered the New York jeweller Tiffany decided to put it on the world gem map. They promoted it heavily and now it is recognized as a prized gem.

Some gems around the world are involved in what is termed Conflict Gems or Blood Diamonds is another term. This is where the gems are mined under duress by the local population or slaves and often the money is used to promote terrorism. Tanzanite seems to be clear of any such problems.

Tanzanite is mostly mined by small mining operations and the sellers of the stone are mostly registered traders who have their markets in Europe and the USA. This is a good thing and gives the buyer comfort. Tanzanite has had its share of control. The Tanzanian government interfered with its cutting at one stage and other large companies have attempted to control its trade in some ways. There was also a flood through the mining area which killed about one hundred miners and halted production. So it is a rare stone.

There is an abundance of the light coloured stone and it is quite cheap and doesn’t look anything special. The larger and better coloured stones are rare and naturally are expensive. The better colours are the mid to dark blues with shifts of purple in them.

Tanzanite is a soft stone and this has some downside. It will scratch and chip easier than other top gemstones so it is wise to think about the type of jewellery that you have it set in and the way you treat it. For instance it is best worn in earrings where it is out of harm’s way. If you wear it in a ring then be careful as it may not last if it is constantly being knocked against furniture and other things. So as a wedding ring worn all the time it is almost certainly going to get damaged.

Tanzanite is an absolutely magnificent gemstone. It is right up there in quality and price at its highest level. It is stunning and rare. It is enhanced when alongside other gems such as opals and diamonds and it is breathtaking when set in platinum.

Engagement Rings

How do you find the perfect ring for your better half?

To most, the engagement ring symbolizes your promise of love and commitment. Proposing should be a very special, memorable, and romantic experience. Since the engagement ring will be an intrinsic part of this pivotal moment, and the ring will be worn before and after the wedding, it is important to consider what would be the ideal ring for your loved one, and your circumstances.

This means planning and research is necessary before you make a purchase. You may consider speaking to friends who have gone through the purchasing process, checking Internet sites, speaking to jewellers and “shopping around”. Your research should include a comparison of styles, gaining knowledge of diamonds, as well as familiarizing yourself with prices and materials.

It should go without saying that your loved one is the focus of your search for the perfect ring. Should you decide to search together, you should discuss your findings and preferences.

A custom diamond engagement ring is certainly an option you should consider. Ideally, a custom ring will satisfy your requirements and demonstrate your definition of the perfect ring, since you are an integral part of its creation. Imagine explaining to your better half that you’ve helped design the ring and select the diamonds; how truly unique it is.

Remember also, that there is no solid rule regarding what percentage of your income you should spend on an engagement ring. Rather, consider the importance of the ring and the reality of your finances. The more rare the diamonds are, the more expensive the ring will be.

Tips to Pick the Best Wedding Set

At first thought people only think about a wedding ring and forget about all the other jewellery accessories that they would need. Some of the jewellery that you would need to consider includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and maybe even a tiara.

You need to make sure that you buy the right set from the very start because most people buy something only to realize that it doesn’t look good on their wedding dress on their wedding day and obviously you’re not going to be able to change it then.

Tips to pick the finest wedding jewellery:

Picking wedding jewellery is by no means an easy job and therefore you need to make sure that you get it right. So, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you out:

Make sure it matches your dress

First and foremost you need to make sure that your wedding jewellery set matches your wedding ring, but more importantly, it should match the dress that you’re going to be wearing on your special day.

You need to make sure that the wedding set adds to the overall beauty and shouldn’t stand out on its own – so stay away from anything flashy.

Too much is not always the best

Some people get carried away and choose a lot of different wedding accessories, but a lot isn’t always the best. You should try and be simple and elegant. So, pick a few different kinds of jewellery but make sure that you pick ones that look good.

If at all your wedding dress has a lot of embroidery you shouldn’t add a lot of jewellery as that would make you look “too full”. So, if you intend to wear a lot of jewellery make sure that your wedding dress is plain and simple.

The necklace is important

Almost everyone has a wedding necklace, but picking the perfect necklace can always be a challenge. You need to make sure that the one you buy suits the dress neck cut. If at all you happen to wear a strapless dress you’d better opt for something in pearl or maybe rhinestone? Diamond necklaces would look amazing on V – Cuts.

Therefore, when it comes to picking the best wedding jewellery set for yourself you need to make sure that you finalize your wedding dress first, as only then you would be able to pick the best looking jewellery to wear on the special day.