This beautiful set is made with blue freshwater pearls and faceted tanzanite rondelles. The oval-shaped pearls are slightly lighter than they appear in the pictures. The necklace measures 18.5 inches (47cms) and is finished with a sterling silver bolt ring clasp. The earrings are made with sterling silver shepherd’s hooks.
Tanzanite is a very exclusive gemstone, found in only one location – at the foothill of Mount Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania. It was New York jewellers Tiffany & Co who named the newly discovered gemstone in 1968 and declared it to be “the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2,000 years.” Unfortunately, the mines in Tanzania are rapidly running out of this precious stone making it increasingly valuable.
Tanzanite is December’s birthstone alongside turquoise and blue topaz while pearls – and moonstone – are June’s birthstones.