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Tanzanites: The Royally-Hued Jewel We Didn't Know We Needed

Tanzanites: The Royally-Hued Jewel We Didn't Know We Needed

While Tanzanite has yet to make it to the popular table à la Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald and Diamond, it’s not because it doesn’t have the same gorgeous beauty, allure or even value—but more likely due to its extreme scarcity and relatively newly discovered status. Unlike Diamonds and the so-called Big 3, which have been gracing aristocratic jewel boxes since ancient times, Tanzanite, at no fault of its own, didn’t make its dramatic entry onto the jewel market until the late 1960s. It is generally believed that these exotic, lushly-hued gems were first discovered in 1967 by a Maasai tribesman in...

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Katherine James Jewellery

Five Minutes with Katherine

Asking which gemstone is my favourite is like asking which of my children I love the most. It’s impossible to answer. I love Rubies, but really, it’s anything that elicits a physical (or audible) reaction. It can be Diamonds or a great Emerald. Amethysts can be extraordinary. Once, I had this incredible Aquamarine necklace. It was about 50 carats, French Art Deco, and it was stunning. I loved that, too. See what I mean? My favourite piece I own is my engagement ring. It’s a 4.11 carat Old Cut Diamond and it’s glorious. I don’t love the setting—it’s mounted in...

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