Tanzanite & Zircon - December Birthstone

Tanzanite & Zircon - December Birthstone
I am Zircon, the gemstone of fiery starlight. From the beginning of time some have called me the guardian angel of gems. Traveling merchants would keep me in their pockets to bring great riches. Wearing me will bring new spirit into your life and give you peaceful sleep. My virtue will bring love and admiration to those are adorn with me.

Zircon have been used for over a thousand years but not identified or named until 1789. A world renowned professor of chemistry from the University of Berlin, M.H. Klaproth, sometimes called “the father of physical chemistry,” discovered the element zirconium and the gem zircon. Most high quality zircons are found in Cambodia, Shi Lanka and other parts of Southeast Asia. Other sources are Brazil, Australia and Africa.

Because of its extremely high dispersion of light, it has been used for a substitute for diamonds. Zircon is available in clear to intense blue. In modern times the production of the man made stone cubic zirconium, also known as cz, has confused the consumer. Remember that zircon is a natural stone and cz is man made.

Many beautiful jewelry designs are enhanced by using zircon as the center of attention. Sharp blows may chip or scratch this stone so it is advised not to wear it while doing housework, gardening and any other physical activity, but with some special care you will have years of enjoyment and admiration from your brilliant and exciting exotic gemstone.

Now for the great news, the American Gem Trade Association, AGTA, has just named Tanzanite an official birthstone for December. Because Tanzanite is a relatively new find in the gemstones world there is no folklore or legend surrounding the stone but its beauty is alluring just the same.

Unlike other gemstones, Tanzanite is only found in one location… Tanzania, Africa. It was discovered in 1968 by Tiffany & Co. who also named the stone. Most commercial quality stones are pale periwinkle but fine quality tanzanites are rich deep blue, some even have a kiss of purple. Because of their color some have confused them with amethyst and sapphires. Tanzanites, like other gemstones, need to be properly cared. Please avoid physical activities, household and other chemicals and ultra sonic cleaning.

Last month I wrote about opal . You asked :

Why do opals seem to dry out and break?

Opal always contains water (3 to 30 percent). With time and exposure this water can be lost. Many opinions are available to prevent opals from dying. The first thing I will say is to avoid detergents and heat. Storing the opal with a moist cotton wool may also slow down the drying process. Any opal that is worn as jewelry is at risk of breaking and drying but my view is opals are for enjoying. Common sense and some basic care will assure you lots of pleasure and compliments.

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