As if December couldn’t get any busier? With Christmas around the corner there are office parties, family gatherings and shopping queues that even we Brits don’t have the tolerance for. Well this month just got a little more crowded (not that we’re complaining) with two of our much coveted gemstones here at Gemondo. To celebrate December’s birthstones tanzanite and turquoise in all their vivacious blue glory, let’s take a trip back in time to discover their relative origins and explore the lore behind each.
Tanzanite – New to the Game
Near the dizzying heights of Mount Kilomanjaro in Tanzania (from which the stone is named) are the sites of the only commercially mined deposits of this precious stone. Discovered in 1967, tanzanite is hailed as one of the world’s newest gemstones. The stone is praised for its rarity and naturally brilliant blue tones. Tanzanite is a blue variety of the zoisite mineral and forms with organic hues ranging from violet purple to deep blue.
Tanzanite is said to be a thousand times rarer than the diamond and with only a few known natural deposits in the world, is set to become even more precious and collectable.
Tanzanite is one of the few coloured gemstones with an industry recognised grading system. Consumers can look for the four C’s more commonly associated with buying diamonds – colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. You can find these details on the product pages of our jewellery. The tanzanite we use has double or triple A grading. If you ever have any questions about the stones we use, just give us a shout and we’d be happy to find out for you.
Turquoise – An Old Favourite
The Gemmological Institute of America found that the name turquoise came from the French ‘pierre tourques’ meaning a stone originating from Turkey. This gives some inclination of where the Europeans first believed the stone to hail from in the thirteenth century.
Turquoise goes back even further having been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, with age-old beliefs of relieving ailments and protecting the wearer through adversity still ringing true with fans today.
Turquoise also holds strong denotations of Native American heritage. Interwoven through many traditional garments, turquoise held symbolic meaning and was said to give a true aim when hunting.
Gemondo uses natural turquoise from traditional American and Persian origins as deposits in these areas are rich. Some of our stones have been stabilized to increase durability and enhance colour but still hold all the natural stone to maintain its innate magnificence.
How to Wear
Tanzanite is deserving of a classic ensemble as Cate Blanchett and Penelope Cruz have shown on many occasions. Set with diamonds or nestled in sterling silver, whatever your style, everyone deserves a bit of beautiful tanzanite. Browse our favourites from luxurious tanzanite and diamond rings to silver floral pendants that will set off even the simplest of outfits.
Turquoise certainly packs more of a vibrant punch with celeb fans such as Eva Mendes and Cameron Diaz setting it against beautiful white gowns. This stone will pop on its own or even look great clashed with pastel pinks, greens and yellows such as rose quartz, chalcedony and jade. See our favourites below including design led clusters set in gold and stylish cabochons lined with diamonds to the more traditional styles complimented with blue topaz.
1. Sterling Silver 1.90ct Turquoise, 0.16ct Topaz & 2pt Diamond Pendant on Chain – £39 Shop now.
2. Sterling Silver 0.79ct Natural Tanzanite Classic Oblong Cluster Pendant on Chain – £75 Shop now.
3. 9ct Yellow Gold 1.24ct Natural Turquoise & 1.6pt Diamond Cluster Ring – £165 Shop now.
4. 9ct Yellow Gold 0.47ct Natural Tanzanite & 3pt Diamond Classic Ring – £129 Shop now.
5. 925 Sterling Silver 3.91ct Natural Tanzanite & 0.12ct Diamond 18.5cm Bracelet – £375 Shop now.
6. 9ct Yellow Gold 0.61ct Natural Tanzanite & 2.4pt Diamond Five Stone Ring – £165 Shop now.
7. 925 Sterling Silver 3.40ct Turquoise Cabochon & 6pt Diamond Single Stone Ring – £65. Shop now.