If you are born in December you are lucky to have more than one birthstone. Originally, the birthstone of December was Turquoise. However, over the years other gemstones have been accepted as December’s birthstone, including Zircon, Lapis Lazuli and, according to Hindu beliefs, topaz. The most recent change was in 2002, when the birthstone was changed to Tanzanite.
Tanzanite is one of the more recent gemstone discoveries, with the first recorded discovery in 1954. As the name suggests, Tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania.
Tanzanite is highly sought after for its beautiful deep violet colour. A good quality tanzanite will be found in a colours ranging from blues similar to sapphires through to ultra-marines. Interestingly, tanzanite’s are more blue in colour when viewed under natural light and under artificial light they appear more violet in colour. It is important to note that a large percentage of tanzanite’s are heat treated to enhance the violet colour that makes them so desirable.
Tanzanites, when first discovered, were considered an affordable alternative to sapphires, however they are have become so popular they have now exceeded sapphires in value. Unlike many other gemstones can be found in multiple locations all over the world, tanzanite can only be found in a small area in Tanzania, contributing to the value of this exquisite gemstone.
The colour of tanzanite is believed to bring the wearer good fortune and success. It is believed to link the heart and mind, allowing the wearer to live a more compassionate life whilst also strengthening the wearer’s immune system. Overall, it is believed that when tanzanite is worn it will promote a positive and healthy life. Tanzanite is truly a special gemstone, the natural beauty, rareness and good fortune that is believed to bless the wearer, makes it a fabulous gemstone to set into a custom made piece of jewellery for your loved one.
We were very happy with the experience at Larsen Jewellery. Fleur was very knowledgeable, worked to our budget and helped us through the process of choosing a design and deciding on the final details. We now have a beautiful customised engagement ring which we are very pleased with. We would highly recommend the service.
03:44 20 Mar 20
Following our engagement, my fiancé and I were looking for a Jeweller who could help design her dream engagement ring. We investigated several options around Melbourne's CBD but settled on Larsen Jewellery because the service felt really genuine and we felt like we would be well looked after by Alex and the team. We have since got our ring made and we absolutely love it. Would definitely recommend Larsen Jewellery for their competitive pricing, great craftsmanship, and wonderful service.
23:06 18 Mar 20
Very supportive and knowledgeable people. Great experience with a brilliant company.
05:46 18 Mar 20
Could not recommend more. I have never bought a piece of jewellery in my life and so decided for my engagement ring and wedding band I wanted to splurge. Other jewellery stores left us feeling nervous and out of our depth. Fleur was beyond amazing, educating us on stones while making the design process exciting and fun. My rings have even more meaning now because we look back on the process so fondly.
05:36 18 Mar 20
Came to Larsen’s for both the engagement and the wedding ring and couldn’t have been a better experience for both of us. After feeling slightly out of place in other jewellery stores, Fleur at Larsen made us feel completely at home through the whole process. Couldn’t recommend higher.