My love affair with tanzanites began at a relatively late age. Dazzled by the classics — diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls — it took me a few years to appreciate the soulful quality of tanzanites’ colours.
Sure, I had seen tanzanites by then, but never in large enough sizes to be captivated by their colours. After all, tanzanites are about a thousand times rarer than diamonds.
Tanzanites first drew my serious attention when I heard they had increased their value by more than 50 per cent within a decade, a relatively short period of time.
Intrigued, I went in search of some these beauties at German gemstone-dealer Paul Wild’s booth at the BaselWorld fair a few years back. And I was absolutely hooked.
Nicknamed “the gemstone of the 20th century”, today, the tanzanite is a stable, albeit extravagant, classic in the repertoire of high jewellery. Right now, the prevailing fashion for tanzanite jewellery seems to be for baroque or tumbled gemstones set in figurative designs.
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