Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Meet Mr. Tanzanite

I have never agreed upon diamonds being a girl's best friends. It's like assuming all girls are the same and all girls like... Jack...if to give diamonds a male body & name I am sure they would be a Jack- wearing expensive  designer suits, flying business, eating truffles kind of guy, all shiny and worked out. And not all of us like Jack. It may be nice to say HI to Jack but he's so high maintanence and so limited in terms of feelings that I'd rather just wave my hand and pass by.

On the other hand we, girls, all fall for the passion, politeness, jokes, smiles, carrying moments, high school t-shirt, happy with a warm meal kind of man. So if not all girls want the Ferrari or Jack of gems, then why not talking more about the other fascinating precious stones out there? I am so sure many of you ladies also feel like having a ruby, emerald, sapphire, moonstone, topaz or any gem more colorful, exciting and related to some ancient stories about love and power...rather than just the diamond :)

Since you may already be familiar with my passion for gems and their tales, I'd like to introduce you to a new friend I met while in Tanzania. 



Meet Mr. Tanzanite- good looking, pretty strong too (but not hard enough for a ring, rather for other less exposed jewels), misterious and more affortable. The rare and precious Tanzanite is found in only one place on earth, deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Research has shown Tanzanite's geology to be totally unique. The chance of it being found somewhere else is less than a million to one. At the current rate of mining, it is expected that the source of Tanzanite will extinct within 25 years. In fact, its single source and limited supply makes it at least 1000x  more rare than a diamond.

Tanzanite's exquisite colour is an intriguing mix of blue and purple..even yellow and burgundy, unlike any other gemstone. Discovered by the Maasai tribe and named by the famous Tiffany&Co house who considered it to be "the most beautiful blue stone discovered in 2000 years", Tanzanite has became pretty popular.

Interestingly, when giving birth to a child, Maasai women wear blue beads and fabric to bestow upon the child a healthy and positive life, setting themselves apart as creators of new life.
For African women, and even for women from all over the world , Tanzanite has became ‘ the birthstone', the perfect gem to celebrate a birth.

Here is a bit more about HOW to shop for a Tanzanite in case you plan for some gems #happymaking. It is cheaper and a good alternative to blue sapphires however still out of my league :)

Hope you made a new friend!

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