Oval Tanzanite

Why Tanzanite Is Better Than Any Other Gemstone

Tanzanite Jewelry

The Tanzanian shepherd Masaai tribe found rough crystals of a brilliant blue stone at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and regarded them as a magical object which would bring them good fortune. In today’s gemstone market it is interesting how this belief is much the same!

Secret Sapphire

First they were mistaken as a shard of glass, and later a variety of sapphire, but after vigilant examination it was concluded that this brilliant blue gem was a member of the zoisite family.

This blue zoisite was christened tanzanite after its place of discovery and was introduced to the gemstone world by New York’s Tiffany and Co.

Tanzanite’s unique properties, color saturation, rarity and immense popularity set it apart from any other gemstone in the world.

Tanznaite Loose Stone

Only a few decades after its entry into the jewel market tanzanite sales and demand hit the roof and broke right through! Such rampant popularity is rare, and soon led to tanzanite being the runners up on the popularity list of colored stones in the United Stated of America.

One of the most important and loved properties of a tanzanite gem is its color. A high grade gem needs to have the perfect balance between saturation and tone. Saturation is the degree of intensity of the color, and tone is the darkness or lightness of this hue. A perfect tanzanite must have a very high intensity of color but a medium tone so that the sparkle isn’t hindered.

Tanznaite JewelryAlong with its stunning and near perfect color comes it perfect cleavage, better than most other gemstones.

Its royal blue color is not only stately and regal, it also happens to fit any occasion. A tanzanite is known for its flexibility in use, which is one of the main reasons it is loved by fine as well as fashion jewelry designers. As far as fine jewelry is concerned, this deep blue fits perfectly with the grey tinge clear diamonds which in turn accent the tanzanite. This same relationship is used in fashion jewelry. Affordable rings and studs as well as statement making chandelier earrings and pendants for special occasions very often set with tanzanite’s and clear zircons. The deep blue hides flaws, which makes it easy for designers to use stones which aren’t necessarily flawless but still striking.

Tanzanite Color BlueThe tanzanite blue has been proven time and again as a stone that fits into any ensemble; it either complements or contrasts every other color in the spectrum. Be it bold summer dresses or office greys, tanzanite blue adds the right amount of vitality.

Ever heard of pleochroism? It is a property of a crystal where in it exhibits varying colors from different angles – and you guessed right, tanzanite is one of the very few pleochroic gems in the world; the base blue is added to by flashes of violets and crimsons.

Tanzanite is a 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, making it just the right hardness to cut into intricate shapes. The downside is that it needs a little extra care, but it is totally worth it to see that shining blue!

Still unsure about a tanzanite’s brilliance? Go see one for yourself at the local jeweler and it will certainly be love at first sight.


Interesting Facts about Kohinoor Diamond



Here we discuss about the interesting Facts about Kohinoor Diamond.Once the pride and glory of the Indian Subcontinent, the Kohinoor was about a century ago the largest rough diamond in the world. Passing down generations of Indian rulers and Maharajas, the jewel finally fell in the hands of the British during their colonial rule and till date the Kohinoor is an illustrious part of their crowned jewels.

Weighing a full 108 carats, the true date of when this diamond was found is unknown. Earliest documental proof of its existence dates back to 1526, but legend has it that this gem is over 5000 years old and is recurrently referred to in Sanskrit literary texts.

The Emperor Shajahan


The diamond was mounted by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan on a throne that he commissioned – the peacock throne. While during his rule the stone saw the rise of the Mughal Empire, post his death the gem travelled the entire subcontinent in the hands of various rulers and plunderers. Aurangzeb moved the gem to a mosque in Lahore, which was later plundered and the gem was taken by Nader Shah to Persia. Many years later the diamond returned to Punjab as a part of a deal made during an alliance.

During the colonization of India and its neighboring countries, the East India Company conquered Punjab in 1849 and came across the Kohinoor diamond, which was promptly shipped to Queen Victoria in England.

Queen Victoria


Till this point the diamond was raw and uncut – weighing 186 carats. Queen Victoria got it cut and set onto the Royal Crown, supplemented by more than two thousand other diamonds.

None had faceted a diamond of such scale, and Prince Albert hunted for an expert diamond cutter, finally heading to Netherlands and handing over this priced gem to Mr. Cantor. A very skilled cutter, Mr. Cantor spent a whole of 38 days working painstakingly on each facet of the stone to bring out its true sparkle.

The stone’s weight was reduced to 108.93 carats to exaction, and was cut into a perfect oval shape to make sure there was minimum wastage but maximum sparkle. Oddly it is said that after this tedious exercise of shaping the Kohinoor, the Prince was not entirely satisfied with its shine and clarity.

Worn by numerous members of the English royal lineage, the Kohinoor diamond is now on display along with the British Crown jewels in the Tower of London.

Kohinoor Diamond


Interestingly this infamous precious stone was christened ‘Kohinoor’ – meaning ‘Mountain of Light’ in Persian – by the ruler Nader Shah when he plundered and took custody of the diamond in the mid seventeen hundreds, and the name has stuck ever since.

It is believed that the diamond is cursed – evidenced by the great number of hands that it has changed and bloodshed it has witnessed across the years – and that this curse effects only men. Fearing the effects of this curse, the gem was worn only by the royal women during the time of Queen Victoria and her future generations – in fact Queen Victoria herself stated in her will that the jewel was only to be worn by women rulers, and incase the head of state happened to be a man then it was to be borne by his wife.