Oh, for the love of blue! If you are a gem collector pining for dreamy, rich, luxurious blue stones, look no further than one of the rarest gems on earth - Tanzanite! Tanzanite is said to be 1000 times more rare than a diamond and is a "one source" stone found only in East Africa at the foot of Mount Kilamenjaro in a small 12 X 14 Kilometer mining area. Tanzanite is a trichroic gem which means it reflects 3 different colors. When Tanzanite is moved in the light you can often see shades of blue, violet and salmon/orange.
Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 when a tribesman in East Africa witnessed a lighting strike across the Merlani Hills - low and behold, this hidden blue treasure was revealed. Originally the world famous jewelrs, Tiffany and Co., were the only ones to own the rights to sell this stunning jewel and women all over the world have been collecting this exotic beauty for 45 years. Tanzanite is considered a "one generation stone" and the mine owners believe that Tanzanite will be mined out within the next decade.
This year the ever popular Tanzanite is more in Vogue than ever! The color authorities at Pantone recently announced the leading fashion colors for Spring 2014. Vibrant Blues and Violets make up the top 3 spring colors: Dazzling Blue, Violet Tulip and Radiant Orchid. There's never a been a better time to sing the Tanzanite Blues!
The beauty and rarity of Tanzanite has been recognized by the Gem Trade Association and they recently added Tanzanite to the List of Birthstones. Not since 1912 has a stone been added to this list - but December babies have something to celebrate as Tanzanite is now officially your birthstone!
Along with Tanzanite's physical beauty, this "chameleon" stone has been given many romanic properties as well. Lore says that Tanzanite is the stone of new beginnings and will bring success and clarity to the wearer. Tanzanite is also known as the stone of balance and harmony - what better stone to wear as we celebrate a new year!? Hope you can join me for a full hour of True Blue Luxury on Thursday at 5:00 PM ET on HSN as I bring you my newest Colleen Lopez Gems Collection featuring Tanzanite - I'll be in Blue Heaven!