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Tanzanite journey

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

A Tanzanite’s deep blue colour with a purple hue makes it one of the most extravagant gemstones in the world, found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Its magical shades fit the aspirations of a mature lady, as well as a confident young woman.

Tanzanite is said to have the power to transform one’s negative energy into positive energy and carry the virtue of unconditional love and friendship.

Tanzanite is pleochroic, which means that it shows different colors depending on the viewing angle. In order to get the preferred blue or violet-blue hue, gem cutters must properly orient tanzanite gemstones. The vivid blue of tanzanite can rival fine sapphire and make tanzanite an extremely desirable gemstone.

Paragon Couture has been creating beautiful pieces focusing on Tanzanite

The Story of Discovery

Tanzanite was formed approximately 585 million years ago, yet this remarkable treasure remained hidden beneath the earth’s surface until just 40 years ago, when according to local sources, a Maasai tribesman herding his cattle stumbled upon some crystals on the ground. Whilst the exact story of Tanzanite’s discovery remains something of a mystery, Maasai communities have built their own legends about the miraculous find. They tell stories such as :

"The land was set ablaze by a bolt of lightning and believe that it was the heat from this 'magic fire in the sky' that transformed crystals on the ground into shimmering blue-violet gems."

At first it was believed that the gemstones were unusually vibrant Sapphires, but it was soon confirmed that the new stones were more complex than Sapphires, with a colour exotic and alluring.

The Star of the night

The nigh is falling and you can see the sun hiding into the ocean that’s a moment to remember forever. The play of colors with violet and raspberry flashes resembles the tanzanite’s blue purple hues.

That’s how a December night in the Caribbean can bring so many memories.

It was the first cruise experience for Claire and John newly married couple. I met them at Maltings bar that was alongside the sea with an intoxicating view. They were telling me their story and Claire was sharing her love for jewels showing me her amazing trillion cut tanzanite, tear drop earrings.

It was 20th December a holiday cruise and live music it was about to start at the “Howl of the moon” piano bar of Norwegian Breakaway ship. So many people trying to catch a table to listen to the angelic voice of Rhonda and her band.

I came with some crew member friends just before the show started to give the Star tanzanite necklace and ring to Rhonda Hughes. While she was performing, I gave her this beautiful pieces from Paragon Couture collection. At the end at the performance she mentioned me and the gorgeous mystical stone.

Clair being in the crowd immediately went to admire the pieces and she fell in love. That night I had to open the store and pack that set as her husband asked me if I could bring it as a surprise at the bar that I’ve met the first night. The necklace and ring were not only matching perfectly with her trillion-cut earring they were the best remainder of the ocean on their honeymoon.

A December stone for a glamorous December night on a cruise to Bermuda. The stone was shining as it was touched by the starts as the legend said “magic fire in the sky". In the middle of Bermuda triangle the 10 ct tanzanite necklace was the Star of the night.

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