Tanzanite in O’Reilly’s

Tanzanite in O’Reilly’s

14 October

“Tanzanite is an extraordinary gemstone. It is name after its source, Tanzania, where it was originally discovered in the 1960s – and this East Africa state it is still the only place where Tanzanite can be found.

Tiffany & Co. were the first to discover and sell this gem – for a long time it was sold exclusively by the legendary American jeweller. Its deep blue hue has a hint of purple – in its finest form it is often compared to sapphire, although the tone of Tanzanite does have a different richness. It is a clean, clear stone with great durability – but it is its vibrant colour that makes it the perfect choice for special occasion pieces such as a cocktail ring or striking necklace. It is extremely popular in the United States, where it often commands a high price; in the forthcoming auction of 22nd October at O’Reilly’s, there are some beautiful examples at great value to be seen.”

Lot 107 pictured above is an extremely fine example of the rich purple/ blue colour of tanzanite, Featured below Lot 86 is a tanzanite necklace