Celebrating December’s Birthstone – Tanzanite

Celebrating December’s Birthstone – Tanzanite

We’re dedicating this blog post to December’s Birthstone, Tanzanite. Although many believed that Tanzanite shares this month with both Turquoise and Zircon, we thought we would give Tanzanite the much-needed exposure it deserves.

No history or lore was needed for tanzanite to become one of the most popular gemstones in the world.   It was discovered in 1967 and  was once marketed as a sapphire alternative.  Its color spectrum ranges from bluish violet to purple and this colour spectrum makes the stone so unique and wonderful. Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide, Tanzania.

Tanzanite Fun Facts

  • It is named after the East African state of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found.
  • Member of the zoisite family
  • Marketed originally by Tiffany & Co in 1968
  • Mined in one place only: Tanzania
  • In 2002, tanzanite became an alternate December birthstone
  • Most tanzanite comes out of the ground a creme soda brown and routinely heated to get the trademark blueish violet.
  • Exhibits trichroism (can exhibit three different colors depending on the orientation of the crystal to the viewer)
  • Has been a popular “push present” for parents of new babies which probably led to its recent link with fertility

Showcasing January’s birthstone, Garnet

Showcasing January’s birthstone, Garnet

garnet

The name garnet is derived from the Greek work ‘granatum’ which means ‘pomegranate seed’ reflecting the shape and colour of the crystal. Mythology associates the garnet with a number of meanings; purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship.

Poem

By her who is the month war born

No gem save garnets  shall be worn

They will ensure her constancy

True friendship and fidelity

Garnet Fun Facts

Garnets are given as gifts for the 2nd year of marriage,

Did you know that garnets come in a vast range of natural colors and shades including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, black, brown and many shades of red and green.

The colour is mainly determined and caused by the gem’s selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color.

Garnet is a natural abrasive, it is used in sandpaper and in particular sandpaper used in woodworking.  In 1878 garnet coated sandpaper was first produced by Henry Hudson Barton!

Garnet has long been thought to have healing powers, credited with improving every sort of ill health from heart palpitations to heart disease.

The colors of the garnet gem consist of three components, the hue, tone and saturation:

  • The Hue which gives the first impression of the color
  • The Tone which relates to the the lightness or darkness of the color of the garnet ranging from light to medium to dark
  • The saturation which relates to the intensity of the garnet’s color, which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Browse our garnet collection: