DISCOVER TANZANITE

From deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania comes tanzanite, a gemstone with only a single known source that has become one of the most intriguing and desirable precious gemstones of modern times. It is a variety of the mineral zoisite and varies from blue, to violet, or purple in colour. Described as ‘a geological phenomenon’, tanzanite is 1,000 times more rare than diamonds. Tanzanite jewellery is extremely valuable and coveted, both for the gem’s rarity, as well as its beauty.

SETTING TANZANITE
INTO JEWELLERY

Tanzanite is a unique and beautiful gem that comes to life when set in a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a necklace or a ring. Exceptionally beautiful and unique, tanzanite jewellery has become sought-after all over the world. However, it is important to note that not any jeweller can work with this unique gem. On the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, tanzanite is relatively soft with a hardness of 6.5 - 7. This is much softer than, for instance, a diamond, which has a hardness of 10. This means that tanzanite is a stone with lower durability than diamonds and many other gems, and it is more prone to chipping than most traditional gemstones. As a result, great care must be taken by the jeweller who sets the stone, as well as by the person who wears the final jewellery creation. This is especially true when the tanzanite gem is worn in a ring, as it is more likely to get bumped or knocked during everyday activities.

In addition to being vulnerable to damage when worn, tanzanite is also vulnerable when set in a jewellery creation. Tanzanite’s inherent division means that its structure is sometimes under threat during the setting process. It is very sensitive to heat, or sudden changes in temperature, which is why equipment like jewellery steam cleaners are best avoided around this precious gem. If exposed to changes in temperature, the stone could easily fracture, which affects not only its beauty, but also its value. In addition, tanzanite’s cleavage also makes it vulnerable to fracturing if cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Great care must be taken when working with tanzanite jewellery. If a jeweller is inexperienced in working with tanzanite, the stone can be greatly damaged during the setting process. When buying tanzanite in South Africa, be sure to choose a reputable jeweller with experience in working with tanzanite. The Shimansky craftsmen have over two decades of experience working with this phenomenal gem.

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Shimansky sources only the finest quality tanzanite straight from Tanzania. Great care is taken when planning each stone’s cut and polish – tanzanite has incredible potential and in order to maximise its beauty and reveal its brilliance, cutters examine the stone carefully before deciding upon a cut that would best suit that particular stone. Using cutting-edge technology in conditions carefully set out for this unique gem, the stone is carefully sculpted and brought to life. Shimansky jewellers rely on years of knowledge and experience with each tanzanite setting.

Known for classic, yet contemporary designs, Shimansky’s range of tanzanite jewellery settings can be described as both “modern” and “timeless.” Each setting complements the shape and cut of the stone, and is carefully selected to bring out the stone’s best qualities.

The Shimansky Ayanda Queen of Tanzanite collection features an array of exquisite tanzanite rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces, each one set to perfection by the Shimansky team. Whether you find a completed tanzanite creation that steals your heart, or find your perfect loose tanzanite stone to be set to your preferred specifications, your precious tanzanite jewellery creation will become a precious family heirloom, increasing in value as time passes. The Ayanda Queen of Tanzanite range of handcrafted tanzanite jewellery creations are set either with, or without, accompanying diamonds.

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