December Dazzle!

DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES

The two birthstones associated with December are Tanzanite and Turquoise.

Tanzanite

Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color.  Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.  As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative.  However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute.

Tanzanite

Turquoise

The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin’s egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.

Turquoise

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Here are some stunning December pieces our talented jewelry has hand crafted!

Tanzanite Ring, Diamond Ring, Tanzanite and Diamond Ring | LDR01310
Tanzanite Ring, Diamond Ring, Tanzanite and Diamond Ring | LDR01310
Tanzanite Necklace, Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace, Necklace | NEC01127
Tanzanite Necklace, Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace, Necklace | NEC01127
Pear Cut Tanzanite Ring, Tanzanite and Diamond Ring, Yellow Gold Ring | 10517
Pear Cut Tanzanite Ring, Tanzanite and Diamond Ring, Yellow Gold Ring | 10517
Round Cabochon Turquoise Ring | LDR01981
Round Cabochon Turquoise Ring | LDR01981

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October, Pumpkins, Opals and More!

It’s the month of pumpkins, apples and multiple stones to use for this month full of treats, leaves and autumn changes.

Which brings us to this months birthstone – Opals, Rubellites and Tourmalines! 

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.

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Raw Pink Tourmaline
Raw Pink Tourmaline

Rubellite is a particularly beautiful gemstone from the colorful family of the tourmalines. Its color shines in the most beautiful nuances from red to shocking pink.

Opal is a hydrated formless appearance of silica. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite,marl, and basalt.

The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semitransparent.

Raw Opal Stone
Raw Opal Stone

At Avianti, we only use the highest quality of Tourmalines and Opals. The variations in the colors and cuts are endless. However, instead of showing everything, here are a few of Avianti’s custom, hand-made items.

Rose Gold and Tourmaline Diamond Ring by Avianti Jewelry
Rose Gold and Tourmaline Diamond Ring by Avianti Jewelry

Tourmaline occurs in every color of the rainbow and also in combinations of two or three colors.

Round Checkered cut Tourmaline Ring by Avianti Jewelry
Round Checkered cut Tourmaline Ring by Avianti Jewelry

Tourmaline was highly desired by royalty in the Far East. The last Empress of China, Empress Dowager Tzu His was in love with pink tourmaline. Tourmaline became valued in Europe when the Dutch began to import it from Sri Lanka in the early 1700s.

Rubellite and Diamond Rose gold Ring by Avianti Jewelry
Rubellite and Diamond Rose gold Ring by Avianti Jewelry

Opals are also the Wedding anniversary gemstone and are given as gifts for the 14th and 18th year of marriage.

Peruvian Opal Necklace by Avianti Jewelry
Peruvian Opal Necklace by Avianti Jewelry

The color of opals is mainly determined and caused by the gem’s selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color.

Butterfly Opal Yellow Gold Necklace by Avianti Jewelry

If you would like something custom created with your birthstone to fit your style, don’t hesitate! Contact us here and we would love to work with you!

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