Blogmas Day 13: A Rare Gem

If you are looking for a December to remember then book a trip to Tanzania to discover tanzanite. The precious gemstone that is indigenous to Tanzania was named after the country in the late 1960's by Tiffany & Co.

Now an official birthstone for December, tanzanite exudes blue, violet and flashes of burgundy colors. Either blue or violet can be the dominant color depending on the carat weight and shape of the stone. In natural sunlight it has an amazing translucent hue unlike any other colored gem.

It is not uncommon for people to buy large loose stones for investment as it is said that the tanzanite mines will be depleted in the next decade or so. It is believed that stones are being sold from USD $1,500 to $3,000 per carat outside of the Caribbean market.

Tanzanite is popularly set in sterling silver or white gold. Australian opal, diamonds and white sapphire are a compliment to its trichoric dance.

Can't afford the flight? Then get some tanzanite jewelry as Christmas stocking stuffers.

Where to Buy:
Gem Palace - Ocho Rios

Tanzanite International - Ocho Rios, Falmouth

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