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TANZANITE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS


Orbicular earrings composed of a round-shaped tanzanite radiating an undulating two-tier surround of full-cut diamonds in prong setting, mounted in gold.

Tanzanite: 10.83 carats
Diamond: 3.50 carats

A recent addition to the world of coloured stones, Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 by a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu, who came across a cluster of iridescent blue crystals in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania. He alerted a local fortune hunter, who initially thought they were sapphires, due to their resemblance to the bright blue stone. Its potential was soon recognized in the international jewellery market. Tiffany's struck a deal to become its main distributor, naming the crystal "Tanzanite" after its country of origin. Henry Platt, the former president of Tiffany's, publicly stated that it was "the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2,000 years."

Tanzanite soon became a favourite commodity among leading jewellery designers and gem professionals. Polished Tanzanite can come in a range of colours, from light blues and lilacs to deep indigos and blues, depending on the clarity of the stone and its cut.







  Lot 11 of 80  

ART AND COLLECTIBLES ONLINE AUCTION
27-28 JULY 2016

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Tanzanite and diamond earrings


 









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