Have you ever dreamed of designing your own piece of tanzanite jewelry?

designing your own

Tanzanite Design your own

 

Have you ever dreamed of designing your own piece of tanzanite jewelry?  Do you have that special style in mind that you can’t seem to find in jewelry stores or anywhere online but you know it would be that perfect look for you?  Dream no longer!  Top Tanzanite has stepped out of the world of ordinary and into the world of making jewelry dreams come true.

Unless you are fortunate enough to be a jewelry designer or buyer dealing with jewelry manufacturers, it is almost impossible to build your own piece of jewelry.  You have to settle for the stone choices and styles created by others, which may or may not be what you had in mind when you set out shopping for the next piece of jewelry to add to your collection.  We at Top Tanzanite are changing that by opening our office doors in New York City and inviting you inside!  Not only will retail buyers of jewelry and loose gemstones be able to walk into the unknown world of a top supplier and sightholder of tanzanite and see where the magic of jewelry and gemstone buying happens, you will too.

Each and every one of us is different.  We have different tastes in all sorts of things including, but not limited to, food, clothing, music and cars.  The same is true for gemstones and jewelry.  What is beautiful to others may not be beautiful to you, and vice versa.  When you come to our office, we will have a large assortment of tanzanite for you to choose from so you can find the perfect shape, size and color for your jewelry.

Once you have chosen the tanzanite, or set of tanzanite, that catches your eye, it’s time to tell us what type of jewelry you want to make with it.  We have a large assortment of designs we will show for you to either choose from, or to give us an idea of the type of design you want us to make for you.  If you have chosen one stone, we will help you with a ring or pendant.  If you have chosen multiple stones, which we will help match for your set, we can show you bracelet, earring and necklace designs as well.  Once you have finished choosing the tanzanite and design, we will get started making it and have it to you in a short amount of time.  We know you will be excited to show it off to the world, and we will be excited to see that smile on your face when you see your personally designed tanzanite jewelry!

Maybe you aren’t interested in designing jewelry, but want to pick a loose tanzanite for your collection?  It is our pleasure to help you with your loose tanzanite shopping too!  Most of us have to buy loose gemstones from the internet, which is fine when you are buying from a reputable source, because we aren’t given the opportunity to make our selections in person.  But for gemstone enthusiasts, wouldn’t it be an incredible experience to walk into an office and view a large assortment of loose tanzanite and know you can pick the gemstones you want? Just let us know the preferred shape, size, color or weight and we will have an assortment ready for you when you arrive.

Where do you sign up?  Go to www.toptanzanite.com/contact-us.html to request an appointment.  Let us know what you are looking for whether it is a specific shape or weight of tanzanite or a specific style of jewelry.  Maybe you won’t know exactly what you are looking for until you see the tanzanite that speaks to you, making your creative mind will run wild with ideas!  If this is the case, just let us know if there is a price range you want to stay within and we will help you with the rest.  We are located in the heart of the diamond district in New York City so make sure to set up an appointment to visit us during your next trip and be on your way to making your tanzanite jewelry dreams come true!

Miami – A Place for Tanzanite!

Zoisite Tanzanite Rough Stone

Where better to go for a fall getaway than Miami? Sunny beaches and great food with the added feature of seeing many beautiful pieces of jewelry and gemstones bring excitement to every gem enthusiast! The event planners for JCK know how to attract a crowd and did just that for the JIS Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center October 15-18th.
Tanzanite Stones

At every show, a gem buyer knows they are going to be able to find tanzanite. Tanzanite used to be the stone you would see at almost every other booth because every supplier in the world wanted a chance to deal in this rare gemstone. This was not the case at the last few major trade shows, including the JIS Show, which was 25% bigger overall but had substantially less tanzanite suppliers. Is it because suppliers aren’t as interested in tanzanite? Not at all! It’s only because there is so little tanzanite coming out of the mines compared to past years. With this decreased supply, most suppliers that go to Arusha to find tanzanite are leaving empty handed. Therefore, only the sightholders, like us, are promised an amount of what is being mined.

tanzanite studsTanzanite used to mainly be a stone for the U.S. market, but no more. The aisles of this show were a little different than most because there was a major appearance of buyers from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and especially the Caribbean Islands. Because of these buyers, some of who are newer to the world of tanzanite, it was reported that tanzanite was the hottest selling gemstone at the show!

 

Tanzanite Foundation closing in NYC

The New York City–based Tanzanite Foundation will cease operations on Aug. 31.

Tanzanite Foundation executive director Hayley Henning confirmed to JCK this week that the 11-year-old promotional agency for tanzanite will close at the end of August.

Formed by miner TanzaniteOne, the nonprofit foundation has served all ethical and socially responsible operators and partners in the tanzanite industry, helping to implement standardized methods of practice and conduct and deliver ethically sourced stones to market.

The decision to close was based on economics—tanzanite’s prices have been at all-time lows—as well as poor production, repeated problems with illegal miners and theft, and other factors.

“The Tanzanite Foundation was a pioneer in the gem industry by being the first colored gemstone specific marketing agency, encouraging more designers to work with tanzanite,” explains Henning, who has served the agency for seven years. “Tanzanite is one of the world’s most precious and exotic gems, and despite being a small operation, I’m proud of our accomplishments—not only in promoting tanzanite, but in the social responsibility arena where we’ve made a huge difference to the lives of the local community outside the tanzanite mining area.”

The Tanzanite Foundation has aided countless Tanzanians by raising money to build two schools, an orphanage, and a clinic, as well as providing job opportunities.

 

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Treatment of Loose Stones

 

Zoisite Tanzanite Rough Stone

A relatively recent addition to the gemstone market, tanzanite’s limited origin and brilliant blue color has helped it climb the jewel market ladder with great speed. A stone so much rarer than even diamonds, tanzanite in the past decade has owned the position of the second most loved colored gem in the United States, preceded only by sapphire.

Marking Tanzanite
What few people are fully aware of, is the fact that when rough tanzanite is mined from the foothill of Mt. Kilimanjaro, more often than not it doesn’t look at all as it does in the market. Instead freshly mined rough tanzanite loose stones are a dull yellow-brown in color, and it takes skill to even differentiate it from the base rock at times.

If you’ve been scouting the market to buy tanzanite stones, you should have a decent idea of the treatments it goes through. Loose tanzanite gem stones are the hardest to sell as they have no embellishments masking its flaws, so often jewelers tend to overcompensate for these by excessively treating the rough stone – increasing its outer beauty but degrading the value and quality.

Once mined, rough tanzanite stones are heated to approximately 500 degrees (sometimes even more depending on the quality of the stone) in crucibles. This treatment causes changes in the crystal, and once the treatment is complete and the gem is taken out and cooled, its changed properties are retained permanently. Depending on the degree of heat it bears, its color intensifies – changing it from the dull brown to a permanent blue (ranging between pale sky blue, rich cobalt and violet).

Bruting Tanzanite
This treatment can also be done once the rough stone is faceted – that is once it has been cut to the desired shape and its outer planes have been angled ideally to maximize refraction (hence its sparkle).

Treatments impact the color to a great degree, but not all tanzanite gems are blue. Heat treatment doesn’t change the color of the rough stone, it only brings out and intensifies the already existing shade. Hues range from blues to violets to red-purple, some even with tints of grey, brown and green. Even so, the most valuable still remains the deep blue ones.

Tanzanite is originally a form of zoisite – chemical composition and all. Its name is specific to this crystalline form, which means that its properties are the same as that of zoisite – originally a rock that is brown, pink or grey in color.

Polish Tanzanite
Of course, don’t be fooled, tanzanite loose stones do come out of the ground in their original blue shade as well; having been naturally heated inside the earth by the temperatures of Mt. Kilimanjaro – a volcanic mass in itself. It just so happens that even though naturally blue tanzanite is most valuable, treated tanzanite has been accepted by the market as the next best option.

Blue Tanzanite
Lastly, while heat treatment is accepted, there are other measures taken by jewelers and distributers to enhance the color and shine of the tanzanite. When heated, tanzanite crystals tend to ‘crackle’, which is every miner’s nightmare as it loses its value. Hence they use other techniques – such as coating the gem with cobalt and the like. If you’re shopping for loose stones, keep a check on quality and make sure you get a certificate of authenticity.