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December Birthstone | Tanzanite

Discover December's birthstone, otherwise known as the 'gem of the 20th century'.

The History of Tanzanite

First discovered in 1967 in the Merelani Hills of Northern Tanzania, Tanzanite was initially mistaken for sapphire due to its beautiful vivid blue colouring. It did not take gemologists long to realise however, that this exuisite gem was in fact a variety of the mineral zoisite.

While initially referred to as Blue Zoisite, the popularity and namesake of this December birthstone can be attributed to one of the world’s most famous jewellers, Tiffany and Co.

Henry Platt, Tiffany and Co president made the decision to rename the gem Tanzanite, feeling that it would have greater appeal to women of the time. He wasn’t wrong. Describing Tanzanite, Platt said it was “the loveliest blue gemstone discovered in over 2000 years” and we’d have to agree. 

The velvety, rich blue of this stone is unique due to its subtle hints of purple colouring that run throughout the stone. Known as ‘the gem of the 20th century’, Tanzanite is a fool proof gemstone for that special gift or finishing touch.

How to Style Tanzanite

Tanzanite looks excellent when paired with diamond or cubic zirconia for a sparkling finish that will draw attention to this stand out stone. The perfect ‘something blue’ for your magical wedding day, choose a Tanzanite pendant necklace or intricate Tanzanite earrings to bring this tradition to life.

For everyday wear, Tanzanite with a pale tone looks effortlessly stylish when paired with blush pinks for a soft look. If you’re looking for something more glamorous, then this beautiful stone will offset your favourite little black dress or classic jumpsuit a treat!

Linen Blend Jumper, £45 and Belted Black Jumpsuit, £225, both Reiss. Tanzanite and CZ Harmony Necklace, £115 and Tanzanite and CZ Drop Earrings, £145, both Ruby & Oscar

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